JSO: Unborn child dies after pregnant woman shot

A pregnant woman shot while she slept inside her apartment complex on Kona Avenue; police believing she was targeted, the unborn baby is dead.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday morning as she slept in her apartment on Kona Avenue, and the woman’s unborn child has died, police said.

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the woman, in her late 20s, was shot once in the stomach around 1:15 a.m. She was stabilized at the hospital but was reportedly in serious condition. Investigators believe she was targeted by the shooter.

Police said two other people were inside the Golden Shores apartment complex at the time of the shooting. No one else was injured.

Neighbors were stunned when they heard what happened.

“That’s very horrifying,” one neighbor said. “That’s real bad news you don’t want to get.”

According to neighbors, a mother and two daughters lived in the apartment, and one of the daughters was pregnant.

“It’s so sad. Very sad," said another neighbor, who told News4Jax she met the woman who was pregnant a few months ago. “She looked like a good woman.”

The community group Northside Coalition issued a statement about the death:

Detectives said they have no suspect information, but their investigation into who shot the woman and why was just beginning.

Police ask anyone with suspect information to contact the Sheriff’s Office 904-630-0500 or jsocrimetips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).

Police who say a pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday morning as she slept in her apartment on Kona Avenue said the woman’s unborn child has died.

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