A pregnant Albertville, Alabama woman was shot by her estranged husband several times during a Thanksgiving gathering, and miraculously doctors were able to deliver a healthy baby.
Speaking to The Huntsville Times, Albertville Police Sergeant Jamie Smith said the names of the shooter and victim would not be released until Monday as some family members had not yet been notified.
The man and his wife had been estranged for several months, and officials say the victim was eight months’ pregnant at the time of the shooting.
The husband shot his wife several times, including once in the face, before turning the gun on himself at approximately 7 pm.
The wife and husband were flown by separate medical helicopters to Huntsville Hospital.
Doctors saved the woman’s baby by performing a cesarean section. The unnamed victim was eight months pregnant at the time of the shooting.
Police have listed both the husband and wife in critical condition.
This year’s Thanksgiving Day was a violent one. Aside from this story, others of extreme family violence have been reported. Even A-list actress Halle Berry was not immune from a bad Thanksgiving after her ex-husband Gabriel Aubry broke out in a fight with Berry’s fiance Olivier Martinez.
Holiday gatherings with family can be tense, but 2012 has proven to be especially over the top.