Mother of twins lives in fear after ex-boyfriend fires shots into home

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A Ferguson man is wanted for shooting into a north St. Louis County home, while his ex-girlfriend and their children were inside. Now, the victim is terrified he'll come back.

The 26 year-old says, “I’m kind of cautious when I get my kids in and out of my car, or when we’re out and about, I kind of look around, because now I don’t know what he’s capable of.”

This woman, who asked FOX 2 to conceal her identity, met 29 year-old Michael Luster about a year ago. The two became romantically involved, and she quickly discovered she was pregnant with his twins.
But it was during her pregnancy that she started to notice some odd and violent behaviors.

“He threw a brick through my front windshield, because I wanted to leave to go pick up my daughter,” she explains. When she told him she was leaving for good, she says Luster cut up her clothes and her daughter’s teddy bears.

“He had a little altercation with my brother, when he pulled a gun on him when we were leaving from packing my stuff up. And I feel like, if you’ll do that, I need to protect myself,” she adds.

When the twins were born, she filed a restraining order for all three of them. She and Luster didn’t speak after that, but on May 9th, his actions spoke louder.

“I heard a lot of popping, then I heard it getting closer, then I realized, those are gun shots. So then me and my mom got down on the floor, and grabbed the babies and got down,” explains the 26 year-old.

In total, four bullets came through the home, which police matched to Luster’s gun. He admitted to St. Louis County investigators that he fired the shots. Now, police are actively working to take him into custody.

But for the victim, every day that goes by without Luster behind bars is one too many. She explains, “I just want my kids safe. Because if he’ll do all that, I don’t know what else he’ll do.”

Luster is now charged with unlawful use of a weapon, along with three counts of violating a restraining order. Once he’s apprehended, he’ll be held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

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