• The mother was pumping gas when the ex-boyfriend dragged the daughter away
  • The suspect shot the mother and daughter before driving away with the younger victim
  • He later dropped the daughter off at a St. Louis home and has since been on the run

Police are on the lookout for a man, accused of shooting a mother and daughter at a Missouri gas station before kidnapping the daughter and fleeing from the scene.

The kidnapping took place on Jan. 2 at a Mobil Gas Station on 3710 North Grand Blvd. in the Fairgrounds neighborhood. The 39-year-old mother was pumping gas at around 10 a.m. when she heard her 20-year-old daughter screaming as she exited the convenience store, according to the Kansas City Star. The mother then saw her daughter being pulled away by the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Eric Rogers. Police revealed that the man is also the daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Rogers was seen “dragging” the daughter “by her shirt and throwing her into his vehicle,” St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement released on Facebook.

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The mother quickly intervened and managed to pull her daughter out of the car. However, as they began running back to the store, Rogers shot at both the women with a handgun. The mother was struck in the leg while the daughter’s leg was grazed by the bullet.

The suspect then dragged the daughter back into the car before driving away in a black Chrysler 200. Rogers later dropped the daughter off at a St. Louis residence on Capitol Hill Drive. He has since been on the run.

Both the mother and daughter received medical attention and were in stable condition, the police said in their statement.

The police department is now searching for Rogers and shared a picture of him along with the vehicle he drove in. Officials also gave warnings about the suspect being armed and potentially dangerous, as reported by NBC affiliate KSDK News.

As the investigation continues, officials said “detectives need help finding 31-year-old Eric Rogers.” They urged the public to come forward with information that could lead to his arrest. He faces charges that include domestic assault and kidnapping.

“Anyone w/info is urged to call 911. Anyone with a tip that wants to remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward for their tips should call St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers,” the police department said. “Tips sent directly to 911 or police are not eligible for rewards from CrimeStoppers.”

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