A 20-year-old pregnant woman is in serious but stable condition after arguing with her boyfriend and being shot twice in the head and once in the shoulder early Friday at her Dougherty Drive apartment, authorities said.
Baton Rouge police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said the victim, whom he did not identify, was shot at a close range with a handgun and that neighbors reported hearing multiple shots.
Before she was transported to a hospital, McKneely said, the woman gave police the address of the suspect, Gregory Williams, who is also her boyfriend.
Police arrested Williams, 19, 5928 St. Katherine Ave., at his home and booked him into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.
McKneely said Williams’ charges could be upgraded or he could face additional ones. “The information that he gave us confirmed that he did the shooting,” McKneely said of Williams.
“Divine intervention,” McKneely said in reference to the woman’s survival.
The victim’s family members expect her to survive.
“When he (Williams) left, he locked the door and left her to die,” said the victim’s brother, Norman Matthews, who spoke with his sister on the phone immediately after the shooting at 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Matthews said his sister crawled out of her apartment in the 2800 block of Dougherty Drive using her mouth to open the front door.
Norman Matthews said he saw police surround Williams’ home, which backs up to the Matthews family home on Bank Street.
“I knew he wasn’t right,” Matthews said of Williams, adding that he had seen his sister and Williams fight several times.
Within the past few months, Matthews said his sister found out she was pregnant, and that Williams was the father.
“You can raise a baby on your own,” Matthews recalled telling his sister, “You don’t even need a father.”
Matthews described his sister as a sweet, kind, hard-working young woman who values personal independence.
“She was a very good person,” said Brittany Matthews, the oldest daughter of Deadra Matthews’ six children, including Norman and the victim.
Brittany Matthews said doctors told the family they do not know if the baby will survive and that the victim has not been pregnant long.
Deadra Matthews said she has had to visit three of her six children in hospitals after they each suffered gunshot wounds on separate occasions.
“She’s doing a little better,” Deadra Matthews said of her daughter, who she spoke with after surgery.
Norman Matthews is paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot in the neck on Easter Sunday in New Orleans two years ago, he said.
One of Norman Matthews’ younger brothers was shot while sitting inside a vehicle in Baton Rouge in a separate, unrelated incident.
But just like he and his brother, Norman Matthews said he expects his sister to get better.
“Her last name is Matthews. She’s strong,” he said.
Advocate staff writer Steven Ward contributed to this report.