One 19-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead Wednesday during a domestic argument in Knoxville, Tenn.
Marcia Crider was shot in the head by a man and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after her mother called authorities from a pay phone.
She was 13 weeks pregnant, but because the District Attorney’s office said 13 weeks is not a viable fetus, the suspect will not be charged with a second murder.
After she was shot, her mother drove her to a pay phone and called 911 shortly before 11 a.m.
Authorities found her and the victim in a parking lot outside Amvets Thrift Store.
She was bleeding from her head while paramedics tried to stabilize her. They then took her to the medical center where she later died.
As she was taken away, authorities spoke with her mother and discovered that the incident occurred on the same street they were parked on. The suspect was said to live on the street.
“Two women were inside their vehicle on Porter when they were confronted by an individual who fired into the vehicle,” Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.
“It appears to be a domestic shooting.”
They questioned several people nearby who may have been witnesses to the shooting.
DeBusk said the mother and daughter were “connected” to the house on Porter Ave., but did not live there. He has declined to explain why they were there.
He said they have a man “of interest” but they have not taken anyone into custody yet.
“We have not questioned the person of interest,” he said. “No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting.”
Neighbors who lived several doors down said they heard at least six gunshots. The house in question had shell casings scattered outside of it, suggesting a semi-automatic weapon was used.