Mother killed while bringing baby shower gifts to home

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Zachary Victor had announced his wife’s pregnancy on Facebook

A pregnant Philadelphia woman has been shot and killed while inside her home bringing baby shower gifts inside, say police.

The woman, 28, was shot by a man who then broke into the house while she was still inside, police said.

She and her husband, who was also injured, were loading gifts in a brown van outside when the incident occurred.

Police are looking for a black male with a thin build.

They said he had been wearing a dark bandana over his face.

“While inside the residence there was an altercation between the parties,” said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant George Walker.

“During the altercation a man armed with a firearm entered the residence and encountered the 28-year-old female.”

Lt Walker told AFP news agency that the man then fled the scene with the woman’s husband, who suffered gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen.

The couple’s five-year-old son was also inside the home when the gunman entered.

The mother was shot in the chest and the man in the stomach.

Zachary Victor, 28, who is expecting a child, was shot in the back and in the stomach while loading the brown van with gifts

The Washington Post reports the pregnant woman, who was not named, was in her second trimester and had planned to deliver her baby on 6 September.

Several neighbours said they heard gunshots, but that they thought the fire might have been a fainting girl.

“When I went down the street I said, ‘Z, what’s going on?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, somebody knocked on the door’,” Daniel Soth, who lives near the house, told the newspaper.

“This is crazy, it’s very sad,” said Siear Daniels, who was carrying her own five-month-old baby in the same neighbourhood.

“The scene of what you saw is just sad, it’s just beyond sad.”

She described the crime scene as chaotic.

The district attorney’s office said it was reviewing the case.

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