St. ROBERT, Mo. -- Investigators are still looking for the shooter in a murder early Monday morning in St. Robert. Laila Carpenter, 33, of St. Robert was shot to death at the Alpine Haus motel.
Amanda Long says she has known Laila Carpenter all her life, and her friend had recently come to stay with her at the Alpine Haus motel to get away from an abusive relationship. She says Laila's death was senseless.
It happened around 6:45 Monday morning. Long says she and her infant daughter were asleep.
"All I heard was the door slam, and two sounds that sounded like fire crackers," said Long.
She woke to see Carpenter holding her throat, then fall to the floor.
"I literally watched my friend drown and bleed to death on her own blood, and there was nothing that me or anybody else could have done," Long said.
She says Carpenter had been up during the night, texting and talking on the phone, arguing with multiple people, and another friend had been with Laila outside when the shooter arrived.