PINE HILLS, Fla. — A 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed when she and two children were shot at a Florida intersection, in broad daylight. Police are now pleading with the public to help find the gunman.
The pregnant woman, Imelda Francois, was driving with five others in the car when they came under gunfire just before 3 p.m. Monday in Pine Hills, outside Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Francois was shot multiple times and died from the injuries, the sheriff's office said.
Two children, 22-month-old Kameren Williams and 13-year-old Dyanna Laurent, were also shot and injured. The sheriff's office said their injuries were not life-threatening.
"As a father and as a grandfather, whenever you see incidents like this occur, it’s emotional for the entire community," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
The three other passengers -- a 21-year-old man, a 15-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy -- were not injured, sheriffs added.
Authorities are looking at a possible motive, including whether the victims were targeted.
The gunman, who fled, was with at least one other man in the car, the sheriff's office said. The car was described by witnesses as a white, older-model Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
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On July 16, 2018, at 2:49 p.m. a shooting occurred at Gamble Dr&Dunsford Dr in Orlando. A pregnant female was shot & killed.
The 2 black male suspects were in a white older model sedan. The vehicle is still at large. pic.twitter.com/XTb7y3YiVV
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La’Shonta Iseley, who lives down the street from where the incident occurred, told the Orlando Sentinel it is a quiet area.
"In two years, I haven’t seen anything like this," she told the newspaper.
Police asked anyone with information to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). A reward up to $5,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.