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Pregnant woman shot, killed in Miami Gardens; baby in critical condition

Qualecia James
Qualecia James

A woman who was seven months pregnant died at Ryder Trauma Center on Sunday night after she was shot by a gun fired from a passing car in Miami Gardens, police said. Her baby was in critical condition.

The woman, identified by police as Qualecia James, 21, of Miami Gardens, was a passenger in a car that was northbound on Northwest 32nd Avenue when another car drove up alongside and its passengers began shooting, according to Miami Gardens police.

The driver, whose name was not released, pulled into the driveway of a home at 18131 NW 32nd Ave., where police were called and James was airlifted to the hospital, where the baby was delivered. Family members said it was a boy.

No arrests had been made late Sunday.

“We are actively searching for any witnesses who will be able to help us out in this horrific incident,” said Mike Wright, spokesman for the Miami Gardens Police Department. “We need our neighbors to come together and start actually piecing the puzzle together. … It’s a very sad situation.”

He did not say where James had been hit. The car was riddled with bullets, he said.

Family and friends gathered at the hospital, where the victim’s father, Leroy James, talked to members of the media.

“All I got to say to the people who done this: Run forever and a day, you will get caught,” he said. “My advice for [the shooter’s] family is to turn them in. Somebody got to pay for this. She didn’t ask for this.”

James also had a 4-year-old daughter, family members said. Police have not released a description of the shooter’s car.

Miami Herald writer Lance Dixon and Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report

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