A pregnant woman and her father were shot in Philadelphia on her wedding day during a confrontation with her new husband's ex-wife and two other men, police say.
The 23-year-old woman, who is about 5 months pregnant with twins, posted on her Facebook that she was getting married to the father of her unborn children, according to investigators. When her husband's ex wife saw the post however, she showed up to the house of the victim's 74-year-old father Sunday around 10:30 p.m. with two other men, looking for a fight, police said.
Investigators believe the two men who were with the ex pulled out weapons, prompting the victim's father, identified as Fredrick Waring, to jump into action.
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"I seen Mr. Fred come down with his daughter," one witness said. "He said nobody is gonna mess with his daughter and I don't blame him. No one messes with my daughter."
Neighbors told NBC10 Waring jumped in front of his pregnant daughter as the two men fired at least 18 shots from two separate semiautomatic weapons.
"The father came forward for his daughter as any father would do," Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said. "Unfortunately he took the brunt of the injuries."
Waring was shot in the arm, knee, buttocks and lower abdomen while his daughter was shot in the thigh and hip.
The two were driven to a hospital in a private car and remained there Monday. The woman is in stable condition while her father is critical.
Police are currently searching for the two men. They also want the ex-wife of the victim's husband to come forward for questioning.
"If she doesn't, it's gonna make it harder on her," Lt. Walker said. "So she needs to come in and do the right thing and provide us with the information on what actually occurred here from start to finish."
If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia Police.