Pregnant Mom Shot Dead in Drive-By Shooting, Doctors Save Unborn Baby
A pregnant mother was shot to death in California early Friday, but doctors were able to save her unborn child.
Vanessa Oviedo, 27, who was 35-weeks pregnant, was shot in the head in what police are calling a “targeted” drive-by shooting while at an intersection in Visalia, California.
"The vehicle actually pulled up on the left-hand side into opposing traffic and stopped," Lt. Brian Winter with the Visalia Police Department said. "Which is another reason that we believe probably the incident was targeted."
Oviedo was in the car with four other people, including the driver 23-year-old Andrew Aguirre, two other men and a one-year-old child in a car seat, when the shooting occurred, according to reports.
Police said both vehicles left the scene and the victims drove to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where doctors delivered Oviedo's baby by emergency C-section.
The child was reportedly born premature but is healthy.
Oviedo was looking forward to meeting her new baby boy, according to a Facebook post. The child was Oviedo’s fourth.
Police said they are still investigating the shooting.
"Any incident like this in our community is terrible to have to deal with, but even more so when it involves in this case, two children," Winter said.
Oviedo’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with burial costs.