Pregnant woman killed, 3 hurt in S. Seattle shooting

Pregnant woman killed, 3 hurt in S. Seattle shooting »Play Video
SEATTLE - An expectant mother was killed and three other people were injured when a man opened fire on a group of people sitting in parked cars in South Seattle late Wednesday night.

Officials said a man walked up to the group about 11 p.m. and began shooting, fatally wounding a 19-year-old pregnant woman. She was sitting in one car with a 16-year-old girl who was wounded in an arm and a leg.

A 21-year-old man sitting in another car was wounded in the abdomen and a finger, and a 17-year-old boy sitting on the hood of a third car was wounded in a leg.

All three were rushed to Harborview Medical Center and are expected to recover.

Family members of the victims were at the scene sobbing late Thursday and trying to get information as police combed the area for the gunman.

"All I know is she was out here, and I was on the phone with my daughter. And I just heard shooting," said Deidre Riggs, aunt of the deceased victim.

The killed woman was seven weeks along her pregnancy, according to investigators.

"She was a really beautiful young lady. Really smart," said friend Charelle Dale. "She had a lot of loved ones. She stayed out of the way, not too many friends. She had certain people she'd hang with. You wouldn't see her out too much."

Officers cordoned off the scene in the 9600 block of 54th Ave. S., and detectives from the Seattle Police Department's homicide, gang and crime scene investigation units spent several hours overnight collecting evidence.

It was not clear exactly what prompted the shooting or whether the victims knew the gunman.

The gunman remains at large, and police described him as a black man, about 6 feet 1 inches tall, with a stocky build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Investigators urge anyone with information to call police.