MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A pregnant woman and her unborn baby were shot to death and her 8-year-old daughter critically wounded and paralyzed in a shooting Sunday night in Brownsville, Tennessee, authorities say.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation the Brownsville Police Department are asking the public for help finding the man they say is responsible.
The shooting left two dead and two more injured around 9:10 p.m. at the Creekwood Manor Apartments in the 1000 block of Tammbell, TBI said.
Alexis Branch, 24, who was eight months pregnant, was pronounced dead at the scene along with her unborn baby, TBI said.
Her 8-year-old daughter was critically wounded in the shooting and has suffered paralysis over much of her body. The additional adult family member suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“We can’t rest. I couldn’t rest all night. It’s taking a toll out of all of us,” said Nina Singleton, Branch’s cousin.
Singleton’s daughter also lives in the apartment next door. Three bullets came flying through the wall of her daughter’s unit, with her two young grandchildren inside.
Her own cousin was killed in that same shower of bullets.
“It’s scary, it’s very scary,” she said.
Neighbors remembered Branch as a sweet and kind-natured woman, who was excited about becoming a mother again — a day she’ll now never get to see.
“Had to have been somebody that had so much animosity towards her, like, she was real cool,” said Tracinta Toomes. “It’s sad because I’ve been knowing her since she was a little girl.”
The suspect was captured on surveillance cameras near the scene. Anyone with information that could help in this investigation should call 1-800-TBI-FIND.