A Texas mom was shot Monday morning while getting ready to take her three children to school. The 28-year-old woman was killed while loading her kids in her car, the 2, 6, and 10-year-old children were all forced to watch as their mother died behind the wheel.
The San Antonio woman was about to pull out of her M.C. Beldon Apartment complex on Harlow Drive when the shots were fired. The suspect has been identified and police believe he is the Texas mom’s estranged husband. No name has been released, but the 30-year-old suspected shooter was taken into custody after being found near the incident.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the alleged husband was found near the home and is being questioned by police. The estranged husband was reportedly out on bond during the shooting and allegedly violated a restraining order on many occasions since its instatement in 2018.
A witness claimed to have seen the estranged husband approaching the Texas mom’s vehicle just before she was shot. No motive has been identified, though police suspect it is a part of a long history of domestic violence associated with the Texas mom and her estranged husband.
“I can’t express the outrage that something like this could happen after our involvement with this individual so many times,” the police chief said during a news conference. “… I mean it’s clearly written on the wall what’s going on here. And yet again, here we are.”
“If we can’t do that, then we’ve failed as a criminal justice system,” McManus said, speaking about the policies that allowed the Texas mom’s husband back on the street time and time again. The police chief is pushing for efforts to protect domestic violence victims. The three children are currently staying with their grandmother.
The incident is part of a dramatic increase in gun violence in recent months, as tensions across the country continue to rise.