A road rage incident in California turned violent Sunday night when someone fired a single shot into a moving car, striking a pregnant woman in the eye, authorities said Monday.
The woman, 18, is three months’ pregnant and remains in critical condition, while the condition of her baby is unknown, according to the Fresno County sheriff’s department. Authorities are still looking for the suspect.
On Sunday night, the woman was a passenger while her husband, 26, drove near the border between Fresno and Tulare counties, authorities said. Her husband passed another SUV that was driving slowly, but eventually that driver caught up to the couple and someone inside that SUV fired a single shot through the driver’s side window and struck the woman in the eye.
“The confrontation appears to have been unprovoked by the husband and wife, so it’s unclear why someone in the suspect’s vehicle resorted to an act of violence,” reads a statement from the sheriff’s department.
After the woman was shot, her husband turned around, pulled off to the side of the road and asked someone to call 911, the sheriff’s department said. A police officer in Tulare County escorted the husband as he drove his wife to the hospital; she was eventually airlifted for an emergency surgery.
The shot came from a light brown SUV with at least two people inside that’s been described to authorities as a 2006 to 2012 Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon.