Pregnant Teen Shot in the Eye in Road Rage Attack

Police say occupant of passed SUV opened fire on couple
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2015 11:16 AM CDT
Pregnant Teen Shot in the Eye in Road Rage Attack
The SUV driven by the victim's husband is seen parked at a hospital.   (Fresno County Sheriff's Office)

A pregnant teen is in critical condition after an unprovoked road-rage shooting in Reedley, Calif., police say. The 18-year-old victim, who hasn't been named, was riding in an SUV driven by her husband, 26, on Sunday night when he passed a slow-moving vehicle, reports NBC News. Described as a light brown Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, or GMC Yukon, the vehicle drove up beside the couple soon after and one of at least two occupants opened fire through the driver's side window, per the Washington Post. A bullet hit the female passenger, who is three months pregnant, in her left eye.

Police say her husband turned the vehicle around, pulled over, and asked a bystander to call police. He then rushed to a nearby hospital escorted by a police officer. Once there, the victim was airlifted to another hospital for emergency surgery, but the details of her condition and that of her unborn child aren't known. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says the confrontation "appears to have been unprovoked…so it's unclear why someone in the suspect's vehicle resorted to an act of violence." Authorities are still searching for a suspect. (A video of this road rage incident went viral.)

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