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A woman was shot in the shoulder after two men opened fire on her while she sat with another woman and several children in their car on Saturday night, police said.

The shooting took place at 11:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of St. Ange Lane, in the Clinton Peabody complex just south of downtown St. Louis. The victim, 28, was with another woman 29, and four boys. Two boys are age 9; the others are 6 and 1.

Police said two suspects in their 20s, who were standing outside, produced handguns and fired several shots into the vehicle.

The woman shot, who identified herself as Shatara Parker, said there were 30 to 40 people outside that night, and she did not see which of them shot her. 

"If I did, I would tell you, because they need to be in jail," Parker said from the hospital on Tuesday. "We thought we were getting hit with fireworks."

The police, she said, never asked her who shot at the car.

Parker was taken to a hospital and was stable, and nobody else was physically hurt, police said.

Shatara Parker, 28, lives in Clinton Peabody. 314 688 1711

I’m the victim. That’s not accurate. I have to go and live there, sir. People say I know who shot me. We thought were getting hit with fire works. We weren’t sitting. She was bringing me and my children home. As soon as pulled into complex, . He didn’t ask me who shot me. He asked who my older brother was. He was more concerned about finding out scoop on my brother. I never told him who shot me. He never asked me. Not sure why knew about older brother. I don’t know who was opening fire. Inch from my neck. You can see people moving around, but you don’t know who shot you. There were 30-40 people outside. I just said they shot up the car. Their cops. They lie. I have to live down there. What’s to keep them from gunning them down, by myself. I have children I have to protect. Still in hospital. Bullet lodged in collar bone. You can put my name in there. Because I didn’t see who shot me. If I did, I would tell you, because they need to be in jail. I’m not with the whole no snitching shit. Beep is IV. SLU. You can’t come visit. I’m on blackout.

Valerie Schremp Hahn is a features writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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