Pregnant mother of 2 shot to death answering door

Woman's brother shot, critically injured at home near Pine Hills

ORLANDO, Fla. – A pregnant mother of two was shot to death Tuesday night while answering a door at a home in the Pine Hills area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 24-year-old Sade Dixon whose children are 2 and 8, was three months pregnant, Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Jane Watrel told WKMG-TV.

Deputies said a man banged on the door of a home in the 6000 block of Long Peak Drive around 9:15 p.m. Dixon opened the door, and the man shot her, deputies said.

Dixon’s 26-year-old brother, Ronald Steward, heard the commotion and tried to help his sister, and the gunman shot him, too, deputies said.

Steward was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Deputies are still searching for the shooter. The family has told others that they believe the gunman may be Dixon's ex-boyfriend.

The victims' parents, brother and the slain woman's children were in the home at the time of the shootings. They were not injured.

No other details have been released.

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[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct ages of the victim's children as 2 and 8-years-old, according to the family.The Orange County Sheriff's Office listed the ages as 5 and 7.]


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