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Pregnant woman shot at Seattle bus stop survives, but unborn child dies

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SEATTLE -- A group of people at a south Seattle bus stop ran for cover when bullets started flying early Friday morning.

One of those bullets, however, struck a 19-year-old pregnant woman sitting on a bench.

“We were sitting there talking and her baby's dad was like, 'Who is that walking all slow across the street?' And we all looked,” witness Kaliyah Farris said.

That’s when the bullets flew. Farris escaped the barrage of gunshots but her cousin Tedra Paige did not.

“I fell down. Tedra fell on top of me and she said, 'I'm hit, I'm hit,'” Farris said.

Tedra’s uncle, Anson Thomas, said she was five months pregnant and the bullet pierced her stomach.

As if addressing the unknown gunman, Thomas said, “Hey, you shot a baby, you know what I am saying? Not just a person, you shot a baby!"

We caught up with Thomas hours after the first time Q13 FOX News spoke with him to check on Tedra’s condition.

Thomas called Tedra's sister at the hospital and found out his niece will pull through.
But Thomas said the baby did not survive. It's news he hoped not to hear and now he has a message for the killer.

“You need to come forward, you killed a little baby!” Thomas said.

Police don’t have a good description of the gunman yet. They are still trying to track down anyone who may know anything.

“She got out of my car and next morning I find out she got shot.  I feel awful,” Lavonya Walker said.

Walker added that she was supposed to give Tedra a ride Thursday night but her car broke down at the last minute. That's why Tedra ended up at the bus stop with her boyfriend and a group of friends.

“It’s so tragic, wrong place, wrong time,” Thomas said.

Family members don’t have a motive but they don’t believe the pregnant teen or her boyfriend were the intended targets.

“He's not a gang member, she’s not a gang member, they are just kids,” Thomas said.

Harborview Medical Center on Friday confirmed that Paige is in serious condition.

South Seattle residents say they are fed up with the shootings. Some placed flowers near the crime scene.

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18 comments

  • Frank

    They better get the person who did this. Shooting a pregnant woman and killing her child is as low as it can get…..Bring back the death penalty.

    • Dan Rafael

      Sorry Frank, he won’t even be charged with murder since Washington state doesn’t consider a fetus a person
      RCW 9A.32.060
      Manslaughter in the first degree.

      (1) A person is guilty of manslaughter in the first degree when:

      (a) He or she recklessly causes the death of another person; or

      (b) He or she intentionally and unlawfully kills an unborn quick child by inflicting any injury upon the mother of such child.

      (2) Manslaughter in the first degree is a class A felony.

  • Kit

    The Rainier Valley Post reports, this sad incident occurred in a hotspot known for gang activity. The community needs to put pressure on the SPD and increase anti gang patrols.

  • thatguy

    I’m probably going to sound like a dick for saying this, but. .. bad choice 1, pregnant at 19. Bad choice 2, hanging out in a known bad place to be in the middle of the night. Somewhere along the way in life you need to grow up and make better choices. If you get pregnant, the time to start making better choices happens to be now.

    • againstalltoxins

      THATGUY: Reasons you obviously can’t comprehend 1) Age has nothing to do with your parenting skills 2) It clearly says early Friday morning! If you have nothing nice to say don’t say it at all, especially in this type of situation smh.

      • thatguy

        Who said anything about parenting skills? And what do “parenting skills” have to do with making decisions that lead to getting pregnant when you are still a child yourself? Oh… wait, well her parents parenting skills could be called into question I guess. And 2am is technically early in the morning. Though I’ll admit this particular story didn’t state what time the shooting was, the version on King 5 does “Seattle Police said they first received calls about gunfire near Rainier Avenue South and South Rose Street around 1:45 a.m.”

        Also to be fair, I admitted at the beginning I might sound like a dick, but the original statements I made are still valid. 19 years old, pregnant, hanging out in an area known for bad things happening at the times they are most likely to happen. All BAD decisions.

        A GOOD parenting skill/decision to make as a pregnant girl would have been to be home and asleep taking care of yourself so as not to put the unborn child at risk.

        • againstalltoxins

          Okay Well I don’t watch the news it’s mostly BS. But this article didn’t state the time… So I take back my parenting statement but like I said the first time If you have nothing nice to say don’t day it at all! Good day.

    • againstalltoxins

      I guess that’s your way of saying black people or perhaps the n-word. You ain’t low. It’s always anonymous people behind the keyboard that have the most hateful stuff to say… Typical.

  • sally p

    What flag do we blame for this? And if the baby daddy was able to see the gunman coming across the street slowly, how come he can’t identify him?

    • Elizabeth Chubbuck

      What a colossal POS you are. Have to be smarmy in making this about confederate flag based or what other flag genius?? You can see people but in the DARK not see the face! Wow, we got an IQ winner here.

  • JoanBHarper

    >>>>uptil I saw the bank draft 4 $9920 , I didnt believe …that…my best friend realy taking home money parttime at their computer. . there aunt haz done this for only 14 months and by now paid for the dept on there apartment and purchased a great new Infiniti . you can try here>>>>>> Read More