PICTURED – Seven-month pregnant Philadelphia woman, 32, shot dead as she unloaded gifts from her baby shower: Cops demand woke DA gets tough after he cut number of gun prosecutions despite record shootings
- Jessica Covington, a 32-year-old pregnant Philadelphia woman, was shot dead on Saturday night as she was unloading gifts from her own baby shower
- She had been shot multiple times to the head and belly at around 8:30pm at her home in the 6100 block of Palmetto Street in Lawncrest
- Covington and her unborn baby were later pronounced dead at Einstein Medical Center
- Police have not identified any suspects and the incident remains under investigation
- A $50,000 reward was announced for information leading to arrest
A pregnant Philadelphia woman was shot dead after her baby shower as she was unloading gifts from her car amid surging gun violence and falling conviction rates in the City of Brotherly Love.
The seven-month pregnant woman, 32, who has not been named, received multiple shots to her head and belly at her home in in Lawncrest at around 8.30pm.
She was taken to Einstein Medical Center where her and her unborn baby were pronounced dead.
Police believed that the killing was targeted, and they counted about 11 shell casings at the scene of the shooting.
No suspects have been identified and the incident remains under investigation.
Pregnant Jessica Covington, 32, was shot on Saturday night as she was unloading gifts from her baby shower from her Kia Soul and into her home
The shooting took place outside Covington’s home on Palmetto Street (pictured)
She was shot multiple times to the head and belly in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia
‘I mean, the person that did this couldn’t be more cowardly,’ Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter told ABC6.
Coulter also added that she was fed up with the area’s rising gun violence.
‘The city is nearing 500 homicides. Children are getting shot, unborn children getting shot, what is the city doing about this?’ she asked.
‘The city as a whole is doing what we can. We can’t stop people who are intent on shooting somebody.
‘When I look at this situation, it looks like someone was targeting her and looking for her.’
Covington and her unborn baby were pronounced dead at the Einstein Medical Center
Mayor Jim Kenney announced a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest
Coulter is not the only person angered over the ongoing violence as residents have also expressed their concerns.
‘Enough is enough,’ neighbor Tom McDonald also told ABC. ‘It’s time for the city to do something – something.’
Mayor Jim Kenney has announced a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
‘This news is deeply upsetting and heartbreaking,’ Kenney had tweeted.
This shooting is not the first that happened in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Another man was shot dead in his car at around 3.45am on the 5100 block of F Street.
He had been shot through the driver’s side door and suffered a gunshot wound to his head.
Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said she is fed up with the area’s rising gun violence as the city has amassed nearly 500 homicides this year
As of 2021, there have been 491 homicide victims, a 13 per cent increase from last year’s number of 436.
In September 2020, the City Council of Philadelphia had approved a resolution that urged Kenney to declare gun violence a citywide emergency as shootings continued to increase.
‘Please know, our administration takes this crisis very seriously,’ Kenney said in a statement last year, according to Fox News.
‘We are committed to working with all of our criminal justice & community partners to create a safer city for us all.’
DailyMail.com reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department for comment.