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Mum ‘shot in back’ by Valentine’s Day fight rival as her young children watched

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A "beautiful" woman was killed after a Valentine's Day brawl broke out outside a supermarket.

Alexandria Cress Borys, 26, was described as a "wonderful mother" after she was shot in front of her young children.

Ms Borys had been packing groceries into her car outside a shop in Irmo, South Carolina, on Tuesday (February 14) when she got into a verbal altercation with a stranger shortly before 4pm local time, her husband Tyler Borys told WIS-TV.

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The argument eventually seemed to subside but the stranger, later identified by police as 23-year-old Christina Harrison, allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her victim in the back.

Mr Borys said their two-year-old child and an infant were in the car.

Officers from Irmo Police Department quickly arrived but were unable to save Ms Borys and pronounced her dead at the scene.

Witnesses claimed they had seen the pair get into some sort of argument, but it is unclear what the argument was about.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a white Ford but turned herself in to police at around 5.30pm.

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She was charged with murder and several other weapons-related offenses and taken into custody at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Harrison was set to appear in court on Wednesday but her private attorney has since waived the hearing, the Lexington County Bond Court revealed.

“Unfortunately, this is a situation where tempers flared, and someone let anger get the best of them," police chief Bobby Dale said in a statement.

"One rash decision has impacted the lives of two families and countless others who witnessed this tragic event

“Senseless is the only word I can think of to describe what happened today.”

And this isn't the only tragedy to have struck the family recently as Ms Borys' brother also died of a gunshot wound just six days prior to her death, Mr Borys said.

He remembered his wife, who was studying to be a nurse while working as a cosmetologist, as the "best wife you could ever ask for" and launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a memorial to remember his late spouse.

"A beautiful woman, wonderful mother, compassionate wife, trusting friend, and so so much more," he wrote.

"Alexandria was truly taken too soon."

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