A pregnant woman’s unborn baby was killed and she was left in critical condition following a shooting in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles Thursday morning.
Police responded to the 1300 block of West 77th street to investigate a report of a shooting about 1:41 a.m.
The victim, identified as a 19-year-old pregnant woman, had been shot multiple times in the upper body, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Chris Barling said. Authorities had originally said they believed the woman was in her mid-20s to early 30s.
The woman was taken to a local hospital in critical condition where she underwent surgery, Barling said.
It was unknown if the woman would survive, said Barling, who confirmed the victim’s fetus died as a result of the shooting. As of 8 p.m. Thursday the woman remained on life support, according to LAPD Officer Irma Mota.
The investigation is being treated as a homicide because the fetus was “viable,” Barling said.
It was unclear if the shooting was gang related.
Police did not identify the suspect and only described him as a black man.