A 19-year-old pregnant mother was killed in the early morning on December 23 in an Arizona house while other people were sleeping, police said. The woman’s screams woke up her household at 4:30 AM in a house on the west side of Tuscon, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Emergency responders arrived at the house to find Jasmine Vega unconscious and bleeding from gunshot wounds, apparently from a gun that shot through the house’s walls from outside.
“They called 911 and when officers arrived on-scene, they observed several projectile holes in the walls of the residence,” police said in a statement. “Additional evidence indicated that multiple shots were fired towards the residence from the exterior.”
Vega was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died shortly after arriving. Next of kin was notified, police said.
No one else was injured in the shooting, police said. Detectives aren’t sure if the shooting was random or targeted at specific people in the house. Gang unit detectives are investigating, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
Vega was six months pregnant at the time of the shooting, and her baby was successfully delivered. The infant is currently being treated at the hospital.
Anthony Rivera, Vega’s partner, told Tuscon News Now that his newborn son remains in critical condition and on life support.
"All I was thinking was I wish your mom was right here to see you," Rivera said. "It sucks. It sucks seeing your baby like that.”
"She was amazing, fun, loving, outgoing, big heart," Rivera said of his girlfriend.
Rivera’s mother Angelina Ruelas said that Vega and Rivera had been happily preparing for Christmas just the day before.
"We were just wrapping presents last night," Ruelas said. "She was happy to be a mom, she wanted a baby so bad. I'm not going to tell him it's going to be OK, because it's not."
Police said they have no suspects in custody and have released no additional details.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 520-88-CRIME (520-882-7463). Tipsters can stay anonymous, police said.