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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A 20-year-old woman is listed in critical/unstable condition with death imminent after she was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant Wednesday morning while she was outside a home visiting friends in north city.

A woman was shot in the chest while visiting friends in north St. Louis

It happened at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses told police that the victim was standing outside a home talking to two friends in the 1100 block of Aubert Avenue when a man started firing shots at them from a nearby gangway, hitting the victim.

One of the friends took out a gun and returned fire. It's unknown if he hit the suspect, who fled the scene on foot and remains at large.

There's no evidence that the victim was the gunman's actual target. No other injuries were reported in the attack. Homicide detectives are taking over the investigation.

No additional information has been released.

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