Shanyka Fouche

Woman fires gun at vehicle carrying children: Report

A road-rage shooting has left one man injured after a woman allegedly fired a gun at a vehicle carrying four children in Missouri.

Now the woman who fired the gun is facing multiple criminal charges in connection with the incident, which comes just weeks after a child was killed in a similar shooting in California.

Authorities say 22-year-old Shanyka Fouche fired a gun Saturday afternoon at a Nissan Pathfinder while on Interstate 55 in Jefferson County, Missouri, southwest of St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Inside the Pathfinder: a husband and wife and their four kids, who range in age from 2 to 11 years old.

Three bullets hit the Pathfinder. One bullet struck a rear right tire and deflated it. The two other bullets entered the vehicle’s door.

While the children in the Pathfinder were not struck by any bullets, a 32-year-old man in the vehicle was hit in the hip, according to the newspaper. The man’s wife then pulled over and called 911.

The victim’s injuries are not considered life threatening, according to the Associated Press.

Exactly what led up to the incident remains under investigation. But initial reports say that Fouche was a passenger in a Ford Focus that had been traveling near the Pathfinder. Police say the Pathfinder was heading northbound and was being tailgated by the driver of the Focus. The driver of the Pathfinder braked so the driver of the Focus would stop following them so closely, according to KMOV-TV.

The driver of the Focus fled the area after the shooting, but the Missouri State Police stopped the vehicle about an hour later and arrested Fouche, who admitted to firing the gun. Two children were also inside the Focus when Fouche fired the weapon, which police recovered.

Prosecutors have charged Fouche with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault, two counts of armed criminal action and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

As of Monday, Fouche was being held without bail in the Jefferson County Jail.

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[Featured image: Shanyka Fouche/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office]