Metro mom relieved she’s alive after stranger repeatedly shot at her near KC gas station

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For one woman who FOX 4 is referring to as "Barbara," it was supposed to be just another quick trip into a gas station near The Paseo and East 44th Street in Kansas City.

"I mean I hopped out of my best friend's SUV and ran quickly ran inside that store just for a minute," said Barbara.

However, she could hardly believe what she saw next as she stood inside the store waiting to pay for her purchase.

"Man, I saw guy with dreadlocks just hop in the car!" exclaimed Barbara, who asked FOX 4 not to reveal her real name because police are still looking for the suspect.

"I ran outside and saw that he was still sitting in my friend's SUV. Yes, he was behind the steering wheel and I'm yelling, 'who are you? What are you doing in this car? Get out!'" Barbara yelled.

Her frightening encounter with the bold stranger happened around seven on Saturday morning.

"When he refused to get out of the vehicle, I reached inside and grabbed the keys out of the ignition. Now, when a guy he was with, who was driving a black sports utility vehicle came out of the store, that strange man just ran off," Barbara recalled Monday during an exclusive interview with FOX 4's Robert Townsend.

The ordeal wasn't over for the 23-year-old, mother of four. Barbara says when she left he gas station and drove near East 44th and Wayne the same stranger, in the back seat of a black vehicle, approached her from behind.

"I could see that vehicle in my rear-view mirror and I saw that man let down his back window and shooting at me. I was really scared. I didn't know if he was trying to make me wreck or kill me," said the young driver.

Barbara said the man fired four bullets into the vehicle, shattering a back window and grazing her right arm.

"I'm really pissed off! She could be dead right now. What if kids were in that car? I mean he shot up my car and for no reason. It's just crazy," said the victim's best friend.

"I'm just thankful that I'm still alive and I hope surveillance video from the cameras at that gas station will help police catch him," said Barbara.

Kansas City police are still reviewing surveillance video taken from the business. Barbara said on Sunday that a detective called her and told her so far they've been able to determine a woman owns the black vehicle. Police also say at the time of the shooting a man was driving, a female sat in the front passenger seat and the shooter was in the back seat.