Mom, 40-weeks pregnant, survives gunshots to stomach

Mom, 40-weeks pregnant, survives gunshots to stomach

Mom, 40-weeks pregnant, survives gunshots to stomach

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by Sherrell Hubbard

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 9:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A double shooting at Dosker Manor apartments left one man dead and injured a pregnant woman.

The deceased has been identified as 29-year-old Richard Spencer.  He lived at Dosker Manor because he had been confined to a wheelchair.

Police said the woman who was shot was just an innocent bystander.  She did not live at the complex, she was there visiting her mother. Her mother tells WHAS11, her 25-year-old pregnant daughter was attempting to step off the elevator with her 1-year-old child when she heard the gunshots.  When she turned to shield her daughter, she was shot in the stomach.  She was 40-weeks pregnant. 

"She saved her own children's lives,” her mother says, “or else I would be planning a funeral for three."

The mother said her daughter has been placed in protective custody.  To protect the identity of the family, the mother’s face was blurred to conceal her identity. The shooter is still on the loose and police said they do not know who opened fire in the building.

"You almost taken three people's lives. You almost took my daughter and two of my grandchildren,” the mother said.

The baby girl was delivered by emergency c-section. She is a healthy 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches long.  She and her mother are going to be OK.  The baby’s grandmother said the newborn was named Miracle because she was a miracle.

Louisville Metro Police Departments Homicide Unit Commander Todd Kessinger said the surviving victim was at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Kessinger said at a press conference Wednesday that Richard Spencer had been in an ongoing dispute with the shooter. 

“We believe that he was the intended target,” Kessinger said. 

He died at University Hospital around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  The shooting victims did not know each other.

Richard was known as “Rick” around Dosker Manor.  People who knew him said he was a nice guy who did not bother anybody.  Dosker Manor residents just want the violence to stop. 

The mother of the surviving victim said, "As long as the residents are allowing the drug dealers to come and sell out of their house, it's going to keep going on and lives are going to keep being destroyed."

There are surveillance cameras throughout the Dosker Manor complex and in the elevator where the incident took place.  Police are reviewing those tapes.

Anyone with information s asked to call the anonymous police hotline at 574-LMPD.

 

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