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Coroner identifies mother shot and killed in front of her young children

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the mother who was shot and killed in front of her two small children Tuesday evening.

The Coroner’s Office says 23-year-old Lashonda Denise Eldridge, of Fort Wayne, died from gunshot wounds.

READ MORE: Police: Woman shot inside car, 2 children present but not hit

It happened just after 9:40 p.m. in the 2500 block of South Anthony Boulevard between Antoinette and Pontiac.

Fort Wayne Police said a woman was inside her vehicle with her 5-year old daughter and young son, believed to be 2 years old, in the back seat.

Police found Eldridge suffering from gunshot wounds, and she later died from her injuries at the hospital.

The children inside the vehicle weren’t shot but did suffer minor injuries from broken glass.

A Fort Wayne Police Spokeswoman said the bullets were just inches away from hitting the kids.

“(The children) watched their mother die. This is unconsciounable. This is not something that should happen in any city, let alone ours. We are better than this,” said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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