A pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed and another woman injured in a drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens early Tuesday, police said.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 18000 block of Northwest 40th Place as the two women were talking outside, Miami Gardens Police spokesman Capt. Ralph Suarez said.
Suarez said officers responded and found the pregnant woman, identified as 29-year-old Angelese S. Ladson, with a gunshot wound to her neck.
Fire-Rescue workers arrived and tried to save Ladson, but she died at the scene, police said. She was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in an attempt to save her full term baby, but the baby was pronounced dead around 1:30 a.m.
The other victim, Krystal Tillman, was shot in the leg and was hospitalized in stable condition.
It's unknown whether the two women were the intended target, Suarez said.
Davon Scott, the father of the baby, said Ladson was due to give birth on Aug. 14. He said he was inside the home when the shooting happened.
"I can't explain it," Scott said. "I love both of them insanely, I'm hurt both ways."
"It's like losing part of you. It's like losing a finger or a toe that can't be replaced. I've never had it before," he added.
Scott's mother, Makela Scott, said Ladson was looking forward to being a mother.
"The baby shower would be next Saturday, we all couldn't wait, we all were excited, she was even excited," Makela Scott said. "It's like I'm numb, I just wish it was a bad dream, that I could wake up."
Cousin Kariln Ladson asked, "How do you have the heart to sit there and do that? It's crazy. The person who shot her has to live with that."
Makela Scott said she hoped someone who knew something would come forward to help catch the shooter or shooters.
"They was cowards, there was nothing but women out here and that wasn't even called for, innocent women," she said.
Police are looking for a silver Toyota Camry that may have been involved in the shooting and that was possibly occupied by three black males between ages 18-25. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.