Pregnant Louisiana Woman and Unborn Child Killed in Case of Mistaken Identity

by Xara Aziz
Facebook/Kerisha Johnson

A woman and her unborn child were gunned down and killed in Baton Rouge after she was mistaken for someone else, according to ABC News. The incident is one of the latest in a string of shootings that have taken place due to mistakes made by the victims.

On Apr.16, 36-year-old Kerisha Johnson was headed to pick up some friends from an Easter event when several assailants began shooting at her car. Johnson attempted to flee the scene but was trapped by the spray of bullets.

The victim and her fetus died in the shooting. According to police, she was expected to deliver her child just two days before she was killed and was the mother to two other children.

“It was just senseless. She lost her life behind nothing. She was an innocent person,” Johnson’s friend Deanna Williams told WBRZ.

Police have identified three suspects in the shootings. Each of them is 19-years-old and has been criminally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree feticide. All suspects are being held without bond.

Baton Rouge Police Department

The shooting marks one of at least four gun-related shootings due to people who made mistakes, CNN reported. It includes a 6-year-old and her dad who were shot after a basketball rolled into their neighbor’s yard, a 16-year-old who was wounded for ringing the wrong doorbell in Kansas and a 20-year-old who was struck for mistakenly turning into the wrong driveway in New York.

On Friday, Shine My Crown reported another incident of a shooting involving mistaken identity after a Texas man was arrested and charged with deadly conduct with a firearm, a third-degree felony after he shot two teenage cheerleaders who mistakenly thought the suspect’s vehicle was their own in a supermarket parking lot.

On Tuesday, Elgin Police Department confirmed that the suspect, 25-year-old Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., is being held on a $500,000 bond. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

Police documents indicate that one of the girls, Heather Roth, had exited a friend’s car and opened the door to another vehicle she thought was her own when she found a man sitting in the passenger seat. She proceeded to apologize to the man, but he exited the vehicle and started shooting at her and her friends.

“He just threw his hands up, and then he pulled out a gun and he just started shooting at all of us,” she said as she fought back tears at a prayer vigil at her cheerleader team’s gym.

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