Jessica Covington has been identified as the pregnant woman, who was assassinated over the weekend in Philadelphia
Covington, 32, was shot dead on Saturday night as she was unloading gifts from her own baby shower from her car into her home
The seven-month pregnant woman was shot multiple times to the head and belly at around 8:30pm at her home in the 6100 block of Palmetto Street in Lawncrest
Philadelphia police who believe that the killing was targeted, counted about 11 shell casings at the scene of the shooting
The unidentified woman and her unborn baby were later pronounced dead at Einstein Medical Center
Police have not identified any suspects and the incident remains under investigation
Mayor has offered $50,000 reward for information
A pregnant Philadelphia woman was shot dead after her baby shower as she was unloading gifts from her car.
The seven-month pregnant Jessica Covington, 32, received multiple shots to her head and belly at her home in in Lawncrest at around 8.30pm on Saturday.
A police officer heard the gunfire and rushed to the scene and the victim was taken to Einstein Medical Center where her and her unborn baby were pronounced dead.
Police believe that the killing was targeted, possibly domestic in nature. Investigators counted about 11 shell casings at the scene of the shooting.
No suspects have been identified and the incident remains under investigation.
‘I mean, the person that did this couldn’t be more cowardly,’ Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter told ABC6. Coulter also added that she was fed up with the area’s rising gun violence.
‘The city is nearing 500 homicides. Children are getting shot, unborn children getting shot, what is the city doing about this?’ she asked.
‘The city as a whole is doing what we can. We can’t stop people who are intent on shooting somebody.
‘When I look at this situation, it looks like someone was targeting her and looking for her.’
Coulter is not the only person angered over the ongoing violence as residents have also expressed their concerns. ‘Enough is enough,’ neighbor Tom McDonald also told ABC. ‘It’s time for the city to do something – something.’
This shooting is not the first that happened in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Another man was shot dead in his car at around 3.45am on the 5100 block of F Street.
He had been shot through the driver’s side door and suffered a gunshot wound to his head.
An investigation continued Sunday with Mayor Jim Kenney announcing the city is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
“This news is deeply upsetting and heartbreaking,” Kenney tweeted, who urged anyone with information to contacting police by calling or texting 215-686-8477.
As of 2021, there has been 491 homicide victims, a 13 percent increase from last year’s number of 436.
In September 2020, the City Council of Philadelphia had approved a resolution that urged Mayor Jimmy Kenney to declare gun violence a citywide emergency as shootings continued to increase.
‘Please know, our administration takes this crisis very seriously,’ Kenney said in a statement last year, according to Fox News.
‘We are committed to working with all of our criminal justice & community partners to create a safer city for us all.’