Pregnant woman shot dead while being shown gun

07/27/2014 1:03 PM

07/27/2014 1:04 PM

A pregnant woman died early Sunday after she was accidentally shot in the head while being shown a gun, authorities said. Her unborn child could not be saved either.

Katherine Lynn Hoover 25, of Inverness succumbed to her injuries just after 3 a.m., according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

On Saturday evening, she and her husband, Carson Hoover, went to visit friends in northwest Brooksville, just outside the Brooksville city limits.

Sometime around 6:45 p.m. inside the house, William DeHayes was showing the Hoovers some of his guns, including a .22 caliber revolver. The gun accidentally fired and shot Katherine Hoover in the head, investigators said.

Hoover was rushed to Bayfront Health Brooksville and then airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

She was five months pregnant. Physicians at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point removed the baby boy shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday in an attempt to save him, but he was pronounced dead just after 8:30 p.m.

The investigation is continuing, but authorities are releasing no more information available at this time, said Hernando Sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney.

Katherine Hoover's maiden name was Katherine Bryan, according to a marriage license issued last year by Pasco County. She lived in New Port Richey at the time. She married Carson Hoover last December.

DeHayes, who is 35 years old, has no criminal record in Florida, records show.

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