A severely pregnant woman and her fiancé were fatally shot in East Baltimore, and the child of a 38-year-old woman gave birth minutes before her death.
According to police, this baby is now in critical condition due to an emergency delivery, not due to a shooting.
Both victims were taken to John Hopkins Hospital, where the man was immediately pronounced dead.
Since then, the woman has been identified as Angel Morgan Heather Smith. At the time of the murder, she was about seven months pregnant. Her partner was identified as Yamel Montagu.
Angel Morgan Heather Smith, 38, was identified as the woman who was killed, and her fiancé Yamel Montague was named the man who was killed.
The couple was sitting in a car on 23rd East Street in Baltimore when another car with two people drove up next to them and opened fire. Angel, however, was in the seventh month of pregnancy
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the man was in the driver’s seat of his car and the woman was his passenger when another car stopped next to them around 8pm on Thursday at around 8pm.
Then the driver of another car came out and fired, and someone fired from the passenger window.
“It was a very, very brutal and brazen attack on two people, rather three, in this bloc,” Harrison said.
“We are standing here again and talking about impudence, cowardice, deliberate attempt to harm and kill people with weapons.”
Authorities believe it contained two armed men who are still at large.
Angel, who was seven months pregnant, gave birth to a child and died shortly after
A description of the suspects has not yet been given, but the investigation is ongoing.
“We will do everything in our power to find out who did it, catch them and bring them to justice,” said Commissioner Harrison.
“It’s a complete shock to our family,” said Mini, Montague’s cousin at WBAL.
“I am very upset. I am upset and angry about what happened … We lost one of our family members because of something pointless. How can you kill a person who is in the process of giving birth to a child, starting a family?
“We’re tired of being killed,” Minnie said. “We’re tired of everyone just walking around and shooting whoever the hell they want.”
The couple was taken to a hospital in Baltimore but died from their injuries. The child survived but is in critical condition
“I’m just losing words. Anything I can say, whoever does it, will know you, ”said Kelly, another of Montague’s cousins.
“I just heard shots. I went outside and saw the consequences of what happened … A young lady and a young man were hit by a gun … Sorry. It happens every day. So, in a sense, I was used to gun violence in Baltimore, but I was especially upset because the young lady was pregnant, ”said another resident.
The shooting on Thursday night takes place against the backdrop of a particularly harsh place in the city.
According to police spokesman Chakia Fennoy, there were 13 homicides and 27 non-fatal shootings this month.
Police reported 125 homicides in 2022, compared to 114 at the same time last year.
“To be honest and sincere, I have no idea what the conflict was about. In our city, it is impossible for people to shoot pregnant women, ”said Mayor Brendan Scott.
“The baby was born after their mother was shot and is on life support. If it doesn’t change your mind about what’s going on in your community, and doesn’t test the people around you, I don’t know what will. ”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police at 410-396-2100 or use Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.