ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A woman is fighting for her life after she and a friend stumbled upon what police say was a burglary in progress. While the two innocent people tried to back away from the scene, the suspects opened fire, shooting the woman in the head.
Police thought they had found one of the suspects, but ruled him out through identification.
The woman was shot at the intersection of Lafayette and South Grand, right at the border of St. Louis University property. Police say they have a team out scouring the city for clues to get justice for an innocent victim.
Neighbors are unnerved by the bad news.
"This is the first that it's gotten this close to home," Frank Gillsinn said.
In the shadow of the gates of St. Louis University, authorities say a man and woman in their late 20s drove up on what appeared to be two people rummaging through the trunk of a parked car. Police say when the two suspects realized they were spotted, one jumped in front of the victim's car and pointed a gun. The driver tried to escape by throwing the car into reverse, but the suspect shot into the vehicle anyway, hitting the 28-year-old passenger in the head. She's now fighting for her life.
"I was really shocked to hear that it happened right in front of my house," Terry Leonard said.
Long-time homeowners in the Tiffany neighborhood of Midtown St. Louis say they've always felt safe living so close to SLU and bordering the busy Interstate 44.
"I really didn't think it would happen," Gillsinn said. "We've lived here for 60 years."
Police are checking all area surveillance cameras for clues, hoping video from SLU or the red light cameras might lead to their two suspects: the gunman -- a black man between 16 and 21 years old, about 5'9 with a light complexion, short haircut, wearing a white tank top and dark jeans. His accomplice is described as a heavy set black woman, about 5'9 with frizzy hair, wearing a dark, long-sleeve shirt.
Police ask you to call Crimestoppers with tips: 1-866-371-TIPS.