A pregnant woman was shot by an armed Walgreens employee in Nashville, Tennessee, after being accused of shoplifting. The shooting forced doctors to perform an emergency C-section to save her baby on Wednesday night.
Police reported that the incident occurred around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the East Nashville Walgreens. The employee claimed to have seen the seven-month pregnant woman and another individual stealing items from the store. He followed the two into the parking lot, where he observed them placing the stolen goods in a car trunk.
As the employee approached the alleged shoplifters, one of them reportedly sprayed him with mace. In response, the worker drew his semi-automatic pistol and fired several shots, striking the pregnant woman multiple times. He later told the police that he was afraid and unsure if either woman was armed.
The two women fled the scene, driving to the hospital. The second woman dropped off her injured, pregnant companion at General Hospital before leaving the area. The wounded shoplifting suspect was then transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency C-section to deliver her baby, who was unharmed by the gunfire.
Both the mother and her baby are currently in critical but stable condition. There is an ongoing investigation of the incident, and no arrests have been made as of yet.