MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A stray bullet struck a pregnant, 17-year-old Memphis girl early Tuesday morning, sending both the girl and her unborn child to the hospital.
The girl, who was eight months pregnant, was hit in the stomach by the bullet.
"I came in the living room and saw my little cousin laying on the floor," Paul Wall said. "I didn't know what was going on. Then I saw the bullet hole in her stomach, and blood started coming out fast."
It started last Thursday as an argument over fireworks between the suspect and some juveniles, police said. Monday night, the suspect returned to the front door of one of the juvenile's homes, where authorities said he threw a Molotov cocktail and began firing shots.
"The lady that called about the arson was the intended victim of the shooting," Lt. Col. Mark McClain said. "She was standing on her front porch and she observed the males in the black car. She saw the driver shooting at her, but the shot missed her and hit her 17-year-old neighbor in the adjacent apartment."
The victim was hit in the stomach, and her unborn baby was also struck.
"The bullet went through his (the baby's) hip, and caused some bleeding from the bladder," the girl's uncle, Ihsaan Mubarak said.
Despite the incident, the 17-year-old was able to deliver her baby boy. The two remain in the hospital, where they are expected to fully recover.
"I just thank God that she and baby are safe," Wall said.
The suspect is still on the run. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Memphis Police or Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.