MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An infant who was delivered over the weekend after the mother was shot during an apparent road rage incident also sustained a bullet wound, police documents reveal.
The boyfriend of the 19-year-old victim, who was 36 weeks pregnant when she was shot, told detectives he was traveling westbound on I-40 near the North Hollywood exit when a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala with three men inside began riding his bumper. The victims tried to get away from the vehicle, but to no avail.
He says the driver pulled up next to his vehicle and started firing several rounds into the SUV.
His girlfriend was hit three times in her right hip.
Initially she was taken to Methodist North, where police say they discovered the vehicle with bullet holes, blood and broken windows.
From there the teen was brought to Regional One and went into surgery for the bullet wounds and to deliver her baby.
After giving birth doctors discovered the newborn had been shot too.
Parents and drivers we talked to are stunned to hear about the violence.
"It's really unbelievable," a driver said.
Taura Lewis, a mother, says news of the shooting makes her uneasy too. "Since I got a child out here, I'm nervous too," she said.
Lewis, a native Memphian says sadly cases like this make her change her lifestyle. "I don't even want to be out in public anywhere since it's so dangerous."
Police have not said if they believe the vehicle was a premeditated target.
Officers believe whoever is responsible was driving a dark colored Chevy Impala and they do believe other people were driving in the area when this happened.
They’re asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers 901-528-CASH.
This is the second shooting off I-40 in the same area in recent days.
Last week, a man told police he was driving near the Chelsea exit when two cars pulled up and sprayed his car with bullets. Thankfully he was okay.
Police have not said if they believe these two shootings are connected.