VISALIA, Calif. -- An expectant mother was gunned down in front of her family late Thursday night in north Visalia.
Sgt. Mark Feller said the 27-year-old woman, 35 weeks pregnant, was driving with four others in a vehicle when someone in a nearby car opened fire. When the gunfire quieted, two people had been shot. The driver, thinking quickly, rushed to Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
Kaweah Delta staff called police, who were already on their way to the area of Houston and Ben Maddox. Glass and ash from flares used to control traffic still litter the street.
Andrew Aguirre, 23, was also shot but his injuries were not life threatening. The pregnant woman, Aguirre's girlfriend, was shot in the head. Doctors hurried to deliver the baby through an emergency C-section. The mother died and doctors saved the baby, a boy, who is in good condition, Feller said.
An 11-month-old was also in the vehicle, but was not injured. The woman was in the middle of planning her daughter's first birthday.
Violent Crimes Unit detectives are scouring the area for clues and hoping witnesses can lead to an arrest in the deadly shooting. Police have not said what may have led to the shooting or if it was gang-related.