According to Police officer Lt. Danny Reid, after interviewing several witnesses they determined that the pregnant woman who was shot, Marshay Jones, was the one who started the fight with Ebony Jemison, the shooter.
Both women face manslaughter charges.
“All indications and all evidence point to the fact of the victim or the other of the unborn child was the aggressor, she is no longer listed as the victim, the only victim we have here is that unborn child,” Lt. Reid said.
The mother will also be presented to the grand jury to face manslaughter charges, police say.
PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (WIAT) — A pregnant woman was injured in a shooting in a Pleasant Grove shopping center parking lot Tuesday morning. Her unborn child did not survive, according to police.
The shooting happened just before noon, according to Lt. Danny Reid with the Pleasant Grove Police Department. Reid said police received a call from a woman who had been shot.
“Said she had been shot in Pleasant Grove. Some witnesses told us that the shooter had left the scene and went to her place of employment. We went there, managed to find the suspect and several witnesses, subsequently she was arrested for shooting our victim,” said Reid.
Ebony Jemison, 23, was taken into custody and is at the Pleasant Grove City Jail.
Reid said Jemison faces a charge of murder and attempted murder.
Investigators told CBS 42 that Jemison knew the victim and the two had been involved in an altercation before the shooting. Police are still investigating to figure out what happened.
Nearby business owner Anastacia Peavy heard gunfire from her store at Stacie’s Jeans and Accesories. She later learned the victim’s unborn child died.
“My heart goes out to the mother because I am a mother of two, have two kids in college, and I couldn’t imagine,” said Peavy.
Neighbors were surprised to hear of a violent crime in the area. Peavey said police regularly patrol the shopping center.
Even though the incident appears to be isolated, Peavy worries what else could have happened.
“It could have been a bystander walking by going to the shop and somebody innocent could have got — it is just sad,” said Peavy.
Jemison could be transported to the Jefferson County Jail and formally charged as early as Wednesday, Reid said.
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