A woman eight-and-a-half months pregnant was forced to give birth early after she and her husband were shot Tuesday afternoon in Bakersfield, California.
Adrianna Bravo, 33, was rushed to the hospital after the shooting and was forced to give birth. The baby is healthy, although police say it’s possible the baby was struck by the same bullet that hit the mother.
She was struck in the lower hip, but is now listed as stable, according to 23 ABC News.
Her husband, 34-year-old Mario Bravo Jr., wasn’t so lucky, however.
He was shot several times in his chest and was taken to Kern Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition and fighting for his life.
Bakersfield police say they’re looking for three Hispanic males in their mid- twenties who were last seen speeding away in a gray Honda 4-door with a tinted rear window sporting silver and black rims, according to BakersfieldNow.
All three suspects are described as 5’6″ with medium builds.
The shooter was armed with a handgun and was last seen wearing a white tank top with red gym shorts.
Police don’t know if the shooting was gang related.
Bakersfield, a town in the Central Valley of California and home to some 350,000 people, made national news recently after a man was caught on surveillance video punching a toddler in the mouth.
Justin Whittington, 23, was in a downtown liquor store when a security camera recorded him chasing a toddler through the store and punching him so hard he fell down, according to the Inquisitr.
The video went viral and Justin was in police custody later that day. Now, he’s out on bail and his family is worried about the backlash from public opinion.
Bakersfield police haven’t determined a motive for the shooting yet, but one thing is certain in this small valley town: crime is on the rise.
Only days ago, another woman was injured in a drive-by shooting a few miles from where Bravo and her husband were shot.
Two days before that, May 1, there was another late night shooting in downtown Bakersfield that left one person hospitalized.
Four days before that, an 18-year-old was shot in the stomach after a man in a trench coat jumped out of a car with a rifle and fired several shots towards a group of teenagers.
An entire neighborhood in Bakersfield was locked down April 21 as police searched for three shooting suspects near an elementary school.
Bakersfield police are asking anyone who knows anything about the Bravo shooting to come forward.
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