Crime

Pregnant woman in critical condition after rolling gun battle in KCK; child uninjured

A 21-year-old pregnant woman was shot during a rolling gun battle Sunday night in Kansas City, Kansas, according to police.

Police responded to the shooting at 8:30 p.m. on Lathrop Avenue between North 31st and 33rd streets, according to Officer Tom Tomasic, a Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department spokesman.

Officers there found multiple shell casings and damaged cars and homes, according to Police Chief Terry Zeigler. Neighbors told police two cars drove through the area and shot at each other, Zeigler wrote on Twitter.

The woman, who was reportedly five months pregnant, was taken to a hospital. She was listed in critical but stable condition and was expected to recover, Tomasic said.

Her unborn child was not injured, police said.

No suspect information has been released.

The victim Sunday was the second pregnant woman to be shot in Kansas City, Kansas, in the space of about a week.

On June 2, another pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son were shot when gunfire erupted during a fight at a birthday party in the 600 block of South 11th Street. After the shooting, family members told The Star the mom and son were improving.

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Luke Nozicka covers local crime and federal courts for The Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, he covered breaking news and courts for The Des Moines Register.
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