Pregnant teen killed in drive-by shooting

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Police have identified the suspect in Friday

Kiana James

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (KSAT) - Kiana James, who was 16 years old and pregnant, has died from wounds she suffered in a drive-by shooting Friday night on San Antonio’s East side.

Three other people remain in the hospital. At least one of them is in critical condition.

James' family members said the teen was standing in a crowd of people in the 600 block of Morningview Drive when someone in a passing car fired shots at them around 9 p.m.

"When I went down (the street), I saw her lying there lifeless,” said her mother, Raeshawnda James. “She was still breathing, but she was just lying there lifeless."

She said she had just parted ways with her daughter, after they had attended a children’s party together, when she heard the shots ring out.

On Saturday afternoon, Police Chief William McManus spoke to the media, announcing that a suspect in the shootings had been identified, but not yet arrested.

McManus said the investigation revealed that the gunfire was gang-related.

Raeshawnda James, however, denied that her daughter was involved in that type of activity.

McManus said detectives will be working to make a quick arrest. He said the goal is to head off any retaliatory violence.

Meanwhile, Kiana’s family is hoping for peace too, as well as justice.

"I wish it would really, really stop because there are innocent bystanders that are getting killed because of this ignorance," Raeshawnda James said.

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