Doctors deliver baby after pregnant woman is killed in drive-by shooting

A pregnant woman was killed in a drive-by shooting at a busy intersection in Visalia, but doctors still managed to successfully deliver her baby boy, police said Saturday.

Vanessa Oviedo, 27, and Andrew Aguirre, 23, were in a car near the intersection of Ben Maddox Way and Houston Avenue in the Central California city on Thursday night when a gunman in another vehicle opened fire on them, police said.

Oviedo, who was 35 weeks pregnant, was fatally shot in the head, authorities said. Aguirre, who was driving, was shot in the leg. Three other people in the car, including an 11-month-old child, were unharmed.

Aguirre drove to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, a nearby hospital.

Doctors performed an emergency C-section on Oviedo and were able to deliver her baby, who is in stable condition, police said. Aguirre was treated and released.


Detectives said they believed the victims were targeted and were investigating possible gang involvement.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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