Memphis doctors were horrified to discover that a baby they delivered had suffered a gunshot wound. The child was born at 36 weeks old after the 19-year-old mother was brought in after a drive-by shooting. Doctors treated the mother, who had been shot three times in the hip, and delivered the baby only to realise after the child had been safely removed from the womb that it too had suffered a bullet wound.
The shooting occurred as a result of a possible road rage incident, although police are not certain if it was a premeditated attack or a random act of violence. The young woman and her boyfriend were driving along the I-40, near the North Hollywood exit, when a dark Chevrolet Impala started to tailgate the couple’s car. Despite attempts to get the vehicle to leave them alone it wouldn’t, and when the couple pulled over to let the car pass it pulled up beside them and opened fire several times. Three shots struck the young mother.
This follows a similar incident when a man was fired on by two similar vehicles along the I-40 near the Chelsea exit a few days ago. Thankfully he survived, and while police have said they do not believe there is a connection between the two crimes, the local community is still reeling from the spate of violence.
One mother told reporters,
“Since I got a child out here, I'm nervous too.
“I don't even want to be out in public anywhere since it's so dangerous.”
Another driver said, “It's really unbelievable.”
Doctors have not yet revealed the condition of the new-born child although it must have been horrifying for the parents to discover their child had also been shot as a result of the crime. Meanwhile police are asking the public to come forward with any information. A local witness has already described one of the suspects as wearing an orange hoodie, although further information has yet to come to light.
Police are also unsure as to whether the mother was actually the target, or whether there was a case of mistaken identity. One local man had this to say on this recent bout of violence,
“Everyone has guns and they are just shooting them and they are not hitting who they are aiming at… They’ll just shoot and bullets have no name.”