Police officials in Florida asked help from the public to catch the suspects who ended the life of a pregnant woman and wounded two children. A $5000 reward has been put up.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida took to Facebook to release a “Need-to-ID” announcement in search of the two suspects responsible for the incident that occurred on July 16th at 2:49 p.m.
The suspects were reported to be two young, African-American males and were inside an older model of a white sedan. They were last seen fleeing the scene using the vehicle.
A reward worth $5000 will be given to the person who can provide information which will lead to the arrest of the persons of interest.
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The shooting – which happened at the intersection of Gamble Drive and Dunsford Drive in Orlando – ended the life of a pregnant woman and injured two children: a ten-month-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told Orlando Sentinel that a white Chevrolet Malibu was chasing a silver car at the time. Eventually, someone started shooting.
Deputy officials were already around the area responding to an unrelated call when they heard more than fifteen shots being fired.
The silver car halted after it had been shot multiple times, resulting to a shot-out black window and numerous bullet holes.
The 13-year-old, who was shot in the arm, was the one who ran towards the deputies for help. The ten-month-old child only suffered a grazed wound. They were brought Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for treatment.
As for the mother, 21-year-old Imelda Francois was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where she was declared dead.
According to Demings, the incident was “very violent” and even more heartbreaking because children were involved.
He said, “As a father and as a grandfather, whenever you see incidents like this occur it’s emotional for the entire community.”