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Drive-By Shooting Kills Pregnant Woman, but Not Her Baby

Annie Sandifer was in a party bus celebrating a family event
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2020 10:55 AM CST
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A makeshift memorial is seen on Sunday near the scene where a pregnant woman died early Saturday following a drive-by shooting in Milwaukee.   (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)
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(Newser) – Annie Sandifer was 26 weeks pregnant with her sixth child when a bullet from a drive-by shooting struck her early Saturday. The Milwaukee woman, variously reported as 33 or 35, didn't survive—but her baby, delivered via emergency C-section, did. "She had kids to go home to. She had a whole family," Sandifer's aunt and best friend tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sandifer was on a party bus parked outside Gene's Supper Club, a popular nightspot, when five to six rounds were fired from the sunroof of a car driving by. The bus drove Sandifer to a nearby hospital, where her baby is currently in stable condition. Relatives tell WISN he weighed 3 pounds and is named Tyrese.

"I'm trying to get all my kids to move out of here because it's just not safe," Sandifer's father tells CBS 58. But a cousin tells the Journal Sentinel that the family had been so far shielded from gun violence in the city: "We're used to cancer and all that, but we're not used to gunshots." Those who live around Gene's have long criticized the disruptive crowds it draws. "This is just an ongoing thing. It's out of control," says one resident, who heard the gunshots that killed Sandifer. Relatives say they believe Sandifer, who was celebrating a family event at the time, was an unintended victim and wasn't targeted. There are no suspects yet, but police say the vehicle from which the shots were fired was a silver four-door sedan. Anyone with information is asked to contact police. "Everyone's going through a hard time right now," another cousin tells CBS 58. "Especially her husband." (Read more Milwaukee stories.)

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