‘You’re not going to make it this time:’ Woman says ex-husband shot her then ‘hunted’ her kids

Mariah Clare, 2-year-old daughter recovering at local hospital after traumatic event

SAN ANTONIO – A woman who was shot several times in a domestic violence rampage that also left one of her young daughters dead and another in critical condition is speaking about the traumatic event from her hospital bed.

Mariah Clare, 28, is recovering at a local hospital after being shot multiple times in her home. Her 2-year-old daughter is one floor above her, recovering in the intensive care unit. The baby of the family, an 11-month-old girl, died.

“Here we are; I get to buy an urn and a walker in the same week; I have no home because I can’t go back to the one I was in,” Mariah Clare said.

Stephen Clare, 50, who Mariah Clare said is her ex-husband, was arrested and charged with capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Mariah Clare said the day the shooting happened, April 10, was a regular day. She said her ex would visit the kids regularly to co-parent. What started out as play time before bed quickly turned into violence when she said that Stephen Clare pulled a gun.

“He stands next to me, and he puts a gun in my face, and he tells me to get into the car. He’s like, ‘you’re not going to make it this time,’” Mariah Clare said.

Mariah Clare said she and her ex fought as she tried to take the gun away. In the process, she was shot multiple times. She adds Stephen Clare was using a revolver, so she fought up until he had used all six bullets in hopes of keeping her kids safe.

Mariah Clare’s 11-year-old and-8-year-old from a previous relationship escaped the home.

She said her older children are traumatized about the incident and she is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, including one through the neck. Meanwhile, her biggest concern is the possibility of Stephen Clare being released from jail.

“He lives two minutes down the road from my children’s school, the two children who he just hunted,” she said.

As of Monday night, Stephen Clare remained in jail in lieu of bonds up to $2 million.

You can find resources for victims of domestic violence here.

About the Authors

John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.

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