Man Suspected in Fatal Shooting of Pregnant Woman Arrested - NBC 6 South Florida

Man Suspected in Fatal Shooting of Pregnant Woman Arrested



    NBC 6's Hank Tester has the details on an arrest made by Miami Gardens Police in the case of the shooting death of a pregnant woman. (Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014)

    Miami Gardens Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a pregnant woman in March.

    Antwone Jackson, 20, is being held without bond on two counts of first degree murder, carjacking and battery, jail records show.

    Police said Qualecia James, 21, was seven months pregnant when she was struck by a bullet from someone who pulled up alongside her car and opened fire.

    James was airlifted to Jackson Ryder Trauma center in extremely critical condition and later died from her injuries. Her baby died just a few days later.

    Miami Police Department

    The shooting happened in the area of NW 182nd Street and NW 32nd Avenue on March 31.

    Jackson admitted that he fired the assault rifle that killed Qualecia, according to the arrest report. He was arrested after police received a tip about the case.

    Witnesses said the victim was in the car with the father of her unborn child and a friend of his, traveling northbound on NW 32nd Avenue, when Jackson's vehicle pulled up alongside them and multiple rounds were fired into their car, according to police.

    Authorities found the 4-door sedan riddled with bullets parked at 18131 NW 32nd Ave.

    Jackson was no stranger to the law before the shooting he is accused of committing. In February 2003, Jackson was released by Miami-Dade Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat after an earlier conviction of aggravated battery and carjacking with a deadly weapon.

    Jackson was released on six years probation because the court felt he was no longer a threat to society.

    Jackson remains in jail, and it is unclear if he has an attorney.

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