Pregnant woman shot on Grove Street, police investigating

Victim is second pregnant woman shot in as many days

An SUV with a bullet hole in the driver's side door and blood stains down the side is seen behind police tape at the door to the emergency room at Erlanger Medical Center on Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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A pregnant woman and a man were shot around 10:15 a.m. today outside a store on Grove Street, according to police.

The pregnant woman, who has not been identified, was shot in the stomach. She is in serious condition and undergoing emergency surgery at Erlanger, according to police.

She was the second pregnant woman shot in as many days. Another pregnant woman was shot in the leg on Arlington Avenue on Monday night.

The male victim, who also has not been identified, drove himself to Erlanger after he was shot multiple times during the incident. His condition is unknown.

Witnesses said the shooter pulled up to the store with music blaring then started to throw gang signs and pick a fight. They said the woman came from a nearby home and approached the man, who was outside his vehicle.

That's when six or seven shots rang out, said one woman who asked not to be identified.

"I heard the shots and I ran down the steps back to my house," she said. "I just kept on running."

Police currently have no indication that this shooting is related to the rash of gang violence that's rocked the city during the last few days, said Lt. Jerri Sutton. On Monday, 17-year-old LaDarious Bush was shot to death while inside a home on 7th Avenue. The city has seen several non-fatal shootings throughout the weekend.

Sutton said the suspect in today's shooting is still at large.

Neighbors said the pregnant woman is friendly and respectful, and that she keeps to herself. She has at least one other child. Some neighbors said that the woman knew the shooter, but police have not confirmed whether there is any sort of connection between the two.

The police department's Crime Scene Unit arrived at the scene of the Grove Street shooting about an hour after the shots were fired, which is standard procedure.

As of Monday, there had been 33 shootings in 2016, according to police. There were 30 in 2015 and 33 in 2014.