Metro Nashville Police say an investigation is ongoing after a pregnant Tennessee woman was shot Wednesday night at an East Nashville store.
According to police, the incident happened at the Walgreens off Gallatin Avenue, a little before 8 p.m. A store team leader, identified as 21-year-old Mitarius Boyd, reportedly followed a suspected shoplifter to the store’s parking lot where he allegedly opened fire.
Nashville’s News 3 reports that Boyd told police he saw the suspect, 34-year-old Travonsha Ferguson, and another woman stealing and putting things in a shoulder bag before exiting the store. Boyd followed the women out of the store and confronted them as they walked to a vehicle and started putting the items inside the trunk.
When one of the women sprayed Boyed with Mace, he pulled out a gun and began shooting at them. Ferguson, who is seven months pregnant, was taken to the General Hospital by the other woman at the scene. She was then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she was listed in critical but stable condition.
Doctors performed an emergency cesarian section; the baby wasn’t injured by the gunfire but is also listed in critical but stable condition.
Boyd reportedly told police that he feared the women may have been armed and acted in self-defense. Boyd is cooperating with investigators and handed over the gun and a cell phone.
Detectives said they will take the results to the District Attorney’s Office once the investigation is done. The DA’s office will then determine whether Boyd should be charged.
This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information become available.
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