A mother shot her two small children, then struck three people in St. Louis with her car after fleeing the scene Wednesday night. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story.

The 25-year-old woman, whom police have not officially identified, got out of her car after hitting the pedestrians and sat on the sidewalk holding a shotgun, police said.

No charges have been filed, police said, but they are holding her for questioning.

Relatives told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that her name is Yakia Smith.

“I don’t know why the babies are dead,” Virginia Brown, the woman’s cousin, told the newspaper.

The woman was detained after the two children, a 4-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy, were found shot to death in an East St. Louis, Ill., apartment. An 8-year-old boy was also at the apartment, but escaped during the shootings.

She was detained after driving across the Mississippi to downtown St. Louis, where she is suspected of hitting at least three people – including a man and his son – with her vehicle.

None of the pedestrians suffered any life-threatening injuries, police said.