Mother shot while inside home with children

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

KENT, Wash. - First on KIRO:  A Kent mother was hospitalized after she was shot in the head at a home with as many as six children inside.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. Sunday at the home at 104th Avenue Southeast just south of 244th Street in the East Hill area.

Multiple shots were fired into the mobile home from outside, and the woman was struck in the head.  Amazingly, none of the children were hit.

Police said 31-year-old Ruby Malkinkovich has life-threatening injuries.  A Harborview spokesperson is not releasing any updates about her condition.

The children who were at the home range in age from infant to teenager. None of them were injured and they are now staying with relatives.

A man at the scene who is reported to be the father to at least one of the children was questioned and released.

Investigators continued to process the scene Monday and said the home was certainly targeting, but the motivation is unknown.

Neighbors heard the shots in rapid fire, and the side of the mobile home had about two dozen bullet holes in it.  Some saw a red SUV drive off.  One neighbor said she’s seen cars coming and going at all hours of the night.

Police said the gunmen are at large but have no description of them or the vehicle.

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