Unborn baby killed in shooting, police investigating as homicide

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PHOENIX -- The gunman is described as an Hispanic male in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall with short hair.

He was seen leaving the scene in a green or teal Nissan sedan driven by a second suspect.

Both adult victims are expected to survive.


On March 26, 2009, at about 12:37 p.m., Phoenix Police Officers responded to a shooting in the area of 5100 W. Baseline Road. When they got there, they found a 26-year-old woman with a gunshot wound.

Suspects are on the loose

Witnesses said she was in a white Ford Expedition with a man and a young child. They were driving through the shopping center parking lot, preparing to drive on to Baseline Road. At that time, the suspect, a Hispanic male walked up to the vehicle and began to shoot at the occupants of the Expedition. The suspect then got into the passenger seat of a Nissan sedan and left westbound on Baseline. A Hispanic male was driving the Nissan. As the Expedition drove from the scene, the woman fell out of the vehicle on to the roadway.

The woman was transported to the hospital by Phoenix Fire Department Personnel. Her injuries do not appear life threatening. However, sadly, because of this incident the baby she was carrying was lost.

While officers were investigating the scene, the second victim, a 31-year-old male was dropped off by someone at a south Phoenix Hospital. He had a gunshot wound to his arm and abdomen. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The person, who dropped him off, left before officers arrived.

This investigation is on-going. Because of the death of the baby, it is being investigated as a homicide.

At this time, investigators are asking for help in identifying the suspects. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information concerning it, is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department, Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480- W-I-T-N-E-S-S. For Spanish, call 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O.