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Kids were in the backseat when their mother was shot, witness says

A witness to a shooting in North Sacramento on Monday said the gunman opened fire on a vehicle occupied by the children of the woman he wounded.

“She was screaming ‘My kids are in the car,’ ” said Yvonne Betz.

Betz said the gunman was her ex-boyfriend and the father of her young daughter. In the street in front of her home, he got into a physical fight with another woman with whom he’d also had a child, she said. Then he started shooting.

The children were in the backseat of the woman’s car with the engine running, Betz said.

The woman was wounded and remained in critical condition at an area hospital Tuesday.

One of the children was injured by glass from a car window that was shot out, Betz said. Police confirmed that a second person was injured in the violence.

The shooting occurred in the 2500 block of Erickson Street, near El Camino Avenue, about 4 p.m. Monday. Authorities have not identified the suspect, who remains at large.

Sacramento Police Department spokesman Eddie Macaulay said the shooter and the victim knew each other but declined to discuss their relationship.

Detectives working on the case were actively looking for the gunman Tuesday after he evaded the department’s SWAT team the day before.

Betz said the man fled from the shooting scene, running toward El Camino Avenue.

On Monday, members of the Police Department’s SWAT team turned their attention to a nearby residence where they believed the man had barricaded himself.

Police evacuated surrounding homes, and crisis negotiators spent the evening trying to contact the suspect. When police cleared the house sometime before midnight, he wasn’t there.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets