Suspect arrested after pregnant nurse fatally shot in drive-by shooting on Georgia highway

A pregnant woman was fatally shot on a Georgia highway earlier this week. Akeila Ware unborn child also died in the incident. Ware, 29, was taken to the hospital, where she and her unborn baby passed away. According to a Facebook post by Troup County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, the crime occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Troup County Sheriff’s and other first responders were called and dispatched to Highway 18 near E. Drummond Road.

The police officers were responding to a report of a single-vehicle accident with possible injuries. The police officers discovered a car riddled with bullet holes and found the victim inside unresponsive when they arrived at the location.

Ware was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she and her unborn baby died. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol stated that it appears a second vehicle, a silver Nissan with possible front-end damage, may have been involved. The shooting probably took place near the intersection of Highway 18 and Whitesville Road.

Police officials announced that a suspect was arrested in North Carolina. “This was a targeted, senseless crime,” Sgt. Stewart Smith, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told WSB-TV. “It does appear to be a targeted crime at this point, not a random road rage. She was taken by ambulance to a Columbus area hospital in very bad condition and unfortunately, she and her unborn baby were pronounced deceased at the hospital yesterday afternoon.”

Ware’s mom is shocked over her daughter’s death.

“You know, it’s like you’re going to wake up out of it and … it’s not gonna be true,” Twila Ware told Fox 5.

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