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A 28-year-old San Antonio woman was shot dead in front of her three children as she got ready to drive them to school, according to local reports.
The victim was found dead behind the wheel of her car around 7:15 a.m. Monday, on the northeast side of town, KTSA reported.
She had been loading up the kids, ages 2, 6 and 10, into the car, outside the M.C. Beldon Apartments on Harlow Drive when she was ambushed, according to KSAT.
The 30-year-old suspected shooter — who investigators are “relatively certain” was the woman’s estranged husband — was found at a home nearby and is being questioned in police custody, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said at a news conference.
The estranged husband, who was out on bond at the time of the shooting, had violated a protective order multiple times, according to KTSA.
“I can’t express the outrage that something like this could happen after our involvement with this individual so many times.,” McManus said, according to the report. “… I mean it’s clearly written on the wall what’s going on here. And yet again, here we are.”
McManus condemned the policies that kept the husband out on the street — and pushed for efforts to better protect domestic violence victims.
“If we can’t do that, then we’ve failed as a criminal justice system,” he said.
The children were placed in their grandmother’s custody after the murder, according to McManus.
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