NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An investigation is underway after a pregnant woman was injured and her unborn baby was killed in a Tuesday night shooting just south of downtown Nashville.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, an unidentified person fired shots near the intersection of Lewis Street and Lafayette Street around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Authorities said a 23-year-old woman — who was eight months pregnant — was wounded while sitting in a vehicle, so she was driven to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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As of Wednesday, Sept. 27, the woman is in stable condition, but her unborn daughter did not survive, officials reported.
Based on the investigation, police said multiple people were standing on the sidewalk in the 600 block of Lewis Street when a black Nissan Maxima approached, with the pregnant woman sitting in the front seat. Another woman allegedly got out of the backseat; discharged bear spray at the crowd, causing them to scatter; and got back into the car.
According to authorities, a man on foot started shooting at the vehicle, hitting the pregnant woman.
After the victim was dropped off at Vanderbilt, the Nissan reportedly left the hospital. Law enforcement said they found the car Wednesday morning on Decatur Street.
“The spraying of the bear mace appears to be related to an on-going dispute between several females,” police said in a statement.
If you have any information about the shooter — described by officials as a young man who was wearing a white shirt — you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.
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