A pregnant woman was shot and killed in a Washington D.C. suburb and three suspects were arrested, including one who police believe to be the baby’s father.
J’Lyn Quinones, 18, and a second woman were shot on April 20 as they crossed the street in Prince George's County, Maryland, according to police.
The two women ran down the street into Washington D.C. to seek help, according to Prince George's County police. Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department saw them in distress and the victims were taken to the hospital.
Quinones died of her injuries a short time after arriving at the hospital, according to police. The second victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The unborn baby was delivered via emergency surgery. The baby is still in the hospital and is expected to survive, according to police.
The suspects arrested in connection to the case are Malik Johnson, 21, and his brother, Michael Johnson, 22. The third suspect is Bianca McDuffie, 23.
During the investigation, detectives identified Malik as the shooter. His brother, Michael, was romantically involved with Quinones and is believed to be the baby’s father.
The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.
Malik Johnson was charged with first- and second-degree murder, as well as two counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder in connection with the surviving shooting victim and newborn baby.
Michael Johnson and Bianca McDuffie were both charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder for allegedly helping Malik evade arrest after the shooting. All three suspects were found at McDuffie’s home, according to police.
All three suspects are in custody in Washington D.C. pending extradition to Prince George’s County.