Pregnant woman killed in drive-by shooting

Women rushed to hospital after Miami Gardens shooting

By Terrell Forney - Reporter

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - A woman who was 8 months pregnant was shot and killed Tuesday while standing outside of a Miami Gardens home. 

It happened at 18048 NW 40th Place just after midnight Monday. Angelese Ladson, 29, was due to deliver a baby boy in a matter of weeks. 

"I feel like somebody should pinch me and wake me up. This is a dream," said Gerard Ladson, Angelese's father. 

Gerard Ladson stopped by the crime scene to retrieve his daughter's cellphone and car. 

"I've lost a child, my daughter, and my grandson," said Gerard Ladson. "Why? I don't know -- senseless shooting. I understand a drive-by, (but it was) not even her house. She should be home." 

Angelese Ladson was at the home to visit her boyfriend, who is also the unborn child's father. 

"Two minutes -- two minutes," Angelese's boyfriend, who did not want to reveal his name, exclaimed to Local 10's Terrell Forney. "I walked in the house. I got by the shower. I don't know what happened. I ran to the door and tried to do what I could to save her, but it didn't help."

Miami Gardens police and paramedics were called to the home just after midnight. Angelese was found with a bullet wound to her neck and died at the scene. Rescue crews could not save her unborn child. 

Another woman, Crystal Tillman, had also been shot. Tillman was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's north campus with a gunshot wound to her leg. The woman is expected to survive. 

Detectives do not believe the women were the initial targets of the gunman.

Police are searching for a silver Toyota Camry last seen speeding away from the area with at least three men inside.

"Nothing but women outside, nothing but young girls. They're cowards, whoever did this," said another female witness who did not want to give her name publicly. 

Angelese was happy about the impending birth of her baby boy. Friends and family members had planned to throw a baby shower to celebrate the new arrival next week. Those plans have now shifted to funeral arrangements as loved ones try to figure out why two lives were cut short by bullets. 

"She's my firstborn, and I'll miss her dearly," said Angelese's father. 

Angelese Ladson also leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter, who was not there at the of the shooting. 

"You killed a mother and an unborn child, so you're a ruthless murderer," Gerard Ladson said. "And if you don't turn yourself in, you have no conscience."

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