Pregnant woman shot in Northeast DC last week loses twins

Twins of pregnant shooting victim have died

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A pregnant mother wounded in a shooting last Tuesday delivered twin girls alive, but nearly four months premature on Saturday. The twins died the same day, the woman’s mother told WUSA9.

Lakira Johnson was one of two people wounded in a shooting outside a takeout restaurant on Brentwood Rd., Northeast on August 30th. Transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center that night, the prognosis for her and the twins she carried initially appeared good.

The bullet just missed her uterus, Johnson’s mother told the Washington Post.

On Saturday, Johnson unexpectedly went into labor, and delivered the twins alive. She named them Heaven and Neveah, heaven spelled backwards.

Neither baby survived the day, and both bodies were transported to the medical examiner’s office, according to the Post, which first reported the story Tuesday.

Johnson remains hospitalized, recovering from another surgery on Monday. She told WUSA9 via social media messaging on Tuesday that she was still far from ok, but “hopefully things will get better in due time.”

DC police have released surveillance video of two men the department calls “persons of interest” in the shooting. No arrests have been made.

Johnson’s mother expects her to be released from the hospital later this week. Her return home will be be painful, too. That’s when she plans to tell her two other children that the twins did not survive.


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