A seven-month pregnant woman was shot and killed on Saturday night as she was unloading baby shower gifts from her car in Philadelphia, officials said.
The unnamed woman, 32, was shot in the Lawncrest area at around 8:30 p.m. The woman and the unborn child were pronounced dead at the Einstein Medical Center.
“I mean, the person that did this couldn’t be more cowardly,” Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter told ABC6.
“The city is nearing 500 homicides. Children are getting shot, unborn children getting shot, what is the city doing about this?” Coulter said. “When I look at this situation, it looks like someone was targeting her and looking for her.”
The city is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, said Democrat Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Twitter.
“This news is deeply upsetting and heartbreaking,” he said in a tweet. “My heart goes out to the victim’s loved ones during this painful time.”
According to police, the number of homicide victims has sharply risen 13 percent in 2021 compared to last year. The city has recorded nearly 500 murders this year, compared with 436 recorded last year.
In September 2020, the City Council of Philadelphia approved a resolution that urged the mayor to declare a citywide emergency as shootings continued to increase.
A neighbor of the woman, Tom McDonald, told ABC6 that locals are getting tired of the violence in the area.
“Enough is enough,” McDonald said. “It’s time for the city to do something—something.”
Other details about the shooting are not clear.