Another unfortunate shooting adds to the escalation of gun violence raging in Philadelphia. This time a pregnant woman was shot and killed while sitting inside a car in North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon.
The 25-year-old victim, identified as Shaliyah Davis, was killed when a man opened the door of a 2011 Ford Escape parked on the 2500 block of West Berks Street and shot her once in the head.
Davis, who was 4-months pregnant, was visiting a family member.
Police arrived on scene just after 2:30 p.m. and took Davis to Temple University Hospital. Both David and the child were pronounced dead before at 6:43 p.m.
Police initially believed Davis was the intended target, but after further investigation they said her boyfriend who was exiting the car at the time was the real target. The boyfriend and the shooter then both fled the scene.
Davis’s boyfriend, who police say also had a gun, chased after the shooter on Berks Street.
“He was chased by another individual and as a result of some video that we recovered it appears that the second individual may have been firing shots or at least chasing the original shooter with a gun,”Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Naish said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said that “any shooting is a terrible shooting but this just continues to escalate the urgency behind why we have to do what we can to stem the violence in our neighborhoods.”
“We are following up on some strong leads and we don’t have reason to believe this was a random shooting,” added Outlaw.
So far, no arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered.