WASHINGTON — Police have identified the pregnant woman who got caught in the crossfire of a shooting in Southeast, D.C. Wednesday, suffering from three gunshot wounds. More than 100 rounds were fired, according to police, who confirmed Thursday they expect the woman - named Kendra Jackson of Southeast, D.C. - to survive. Police did not give an update on the state of her pregnancy.
DC Police Commander John Branch said officers responded to the 2600 block of Birney Place in response to a shootout between several cars. When police arrived they discovered a pregnant woman with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said she had critical and serious injuries. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police believe the shooting occurred between two cars and based on the number of shell casings found on the scene, they say about 100 rounds were fired between the groups. It appears that the shoot-out between the two groups was a planned attack, police said, even though the victim appeared to be a bystander who was uninvolved.
In addition to the pregnant woman being shot, nearby cars and buildings were also struck. The shooters are believed to have been using assault rifles, according to police, and there were at least two involved.
Police confirmed Thursday that they've located both cars used in the shoot-out and that they were driven to the 3100 block of Bruce Place in Southeast, doused in gasoline and set on fire. Police said both cars involved were stolen vehicles; one was carjacked in NW D.C. days prior.
Officials say they have not spoken to the woman injured yet, nor have they released her identity. They do not believe she was involved with the groups firing at one another.
The shooting remains under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call them at 202-727-9099 or text them at 50411.
Editor's note: Metropolitan Police Department officials originally said this shooting happened in the 2700 block of Wade Road. They have since updated the location to 2600 Birney Place.
This is a developing story and WUSA9 will provide additional updates as they become available.
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