Florida police search for suspect who fatally shot young mother in front of children

Florida police are still in pursuit of the gunman who fatally shot a mother while she was in the car with her children last according to FOX 32. The shooting took place in St. Petersburg around 6:15 pm. The victim has been identified as 21-year-old K’Mia Simmons. Investigators say Simmons was in the passenger seat when an unidentified person started shooting from another vehicle. The young mother was hit at least once while she was holding her 1-year-old baby in her arms. Simmons 2-year-old child was in the backseat, where a second bullet just missed the toddler, Chief Anthony Holloway said.

“The bullet went right through the booster seat, so it was probably the position of the baby, that’s the only reason why that baby is alive today,” Holloway added. First responders rushed Simmons to the hospital, where she passed away hours later.

Police says several people were in the area when the shots were fired. Police said Simmons wasn’t the intended target, however, they do believe the shooter targeted the vehicle she was in and ambushed the car. Police officials said she was with her two small children and a man when the shooting occurred. There was no were no one else inside the vehicle was hurt.

“The fact that this was a car full of people there were two adults and two children in this car and the fact that someone fired shots at this vehicle with those children in the car and then other innocent by standards in the area is extremely concerning,” Yolanda Fernandez, spokesperson for the St. Pete Police Department told the news station. Holloway said the driver of the car Simmons was in left the scene and dropped the two children off with family members, leaving Simmons behind in the vehicle. Police are asking that driver to talk to investigators.

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