Man accused of shooting pregnant woman in Gonzales

Cowan Collins
Cowan Collins

An eight-months-pregnant woman hit by gunfire early Wednesday was rushed to a hospital were she underwent emergency delivery of her baby and surgical treatment of her bullet wounds, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.

Kenyia Houston, 25, of Gonzales, and her newborn baby were both listed in stable condition Wednesday afternoon at an area hospital, deputies said in a news release.

Cowan Collins, 27, 13444 Old Baton Rouge Highway, Hammond, who is believed to be the father of Houston’s child, was arrested in St. James Parish on a fugitive warrant following the shooting incident, deputies said.

Collins was transferred to the Ascension Parish Jail, where he was booked on counts of attempted second-degree murder of Houston, attempted first-degree feticide and illegal use of weapons, said sheriff’s Lt. Col. Bobby Webre. Collins’ bail was set at $550,000.

Investigators said they believe Collins used a revolver to shoot Houston twice — once in the arm and once in the chest — at 4:20 a.m. outside her residence, Webre said.

“This was a terrible thing,” Webre said. “It was almost like an ambush situation.”

Collins knew what time Houston would leave for work and waited for her outside her house, Webre said.

The Sheriff’s Office reported Houston was leaving her residence when a man wearing dark clothing approached her vehicle while pointing a gun at her and firing several shots. Houston attempted to flee in her vehicle from the gunman but ended up crashing her car in a ditch at the intersection of La. 621 and Orleans Drive in Gonzales, deputies said.

Webre said that as of Wednesday afternoon, Collins remained under questioning by detectives.