A pregnant Philadelphia woman was shot dead after her baby shower as she was unloading gifts from her car amid surging gun violence and falling conviction rates in the City of Brotherly Love.
The seven-month pregnant woman, 32, who has not been named, received multiple shots to her head and belly at her home in in Lawncrest at around 8.30pm.
She was taken to Einstein Medical Center where her and her unborn baby were pronounced dead.
Police believed that the killing was targeted, and they counted about 11 shell casings at the scene of the shooting.
No suspects have been identified and the incident remains under investigation.
Pregnant Jessica Covington, 32, was shot on Saturday night as she was unloading gifts from her baby shower from her Kia Soul and into her home
The shooting took place outside Covington’s home on Palmetto Street (pictured)
She was shot multiple times to the head and belly in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia
‘I mean, the person that did this couldn’t be more cowardly,’ Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter told ABC6.
Coulter also added that she was fed up with the area’s rising gun violence.
‘The city is nearing 500 homicides. Children are getting shot, unborn children getting shot, what is the city doing about this?’ she asked.
‘The city as a whole is doing what we can. We can’t stop people who are intent on shooting somebody.
‘When I look at this situation, it looks like someone was targeting her and looking for her.’
Covington and her unborn baby were pronounced dead at the Einstein Medical Center
Mayor Jim Kenney announced a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest
Coulter is not the only person angered over the ongoing violence as residents have also expressed their concerns.
‘Enough is enough,’ neighbor Tom McDonald also told ABC. ‘It’s time for the city to do something – something.’
Mayor Jim Kenney has announced a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
‘This news is deeply upsetting and heartbreaking,’ Kenney had tweeted.
This shooting is not the first that happened in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Another man was shot dead in his car at around 3.45am on the 5100 block of F Street.
He had been shot through the driver’s side door and suffered a gunshot wound to his head.
Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said she is fed up with the area’s rising gun violence as the city has amassed nearly 500 homicides this year
As of November 21, 2021, there have been 491 homicide victims, a 14 per cent increase from last year’s number of 436, and 283 in 2019.
The Philadelphia Police Department and District Attorney Larry Krasner, a progressive Democrat committed to criminal justice reform, have been pointing fingers at each over a steep drop in convictions related to gun offenses.
This year, police in Philadelphia have made a record number of arrests for illegal gun possession, but the suspects’ chances of getting convicted have dropped by nearly 15 per cent over the past four years, from 63 per cent in 2017 down to 49 per cent in 2021, according to an analysis by the Philadelphia Inquirer published in March.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was previously quoted as saying that Philadelphia’s criminal justice system has become a ‘revolving door’ for repeat gun offenders since Krasner was sworn into office in January 2018.
Krasner, whose winning campaign for the DA’s Office was in part funded by controversial billionaire George Soros, has acknowledged the sharp decrease in convictions, but blamed it on police submitting weaker evidence in cases, or on witnesses failing to show up in court to testify.
The progressive Democrat DA has contended that his main focus is on convicting people who use guns to kill or hurt others, not those who are caught being in possession of the weapons.
Krasner, who as a civil rights lawyer sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times, argued that the city should be most concerned with structural problems, such as underfunded schools and high poverty rates.
‘Yes, enforcement is a small part of the story,’ he told the Inquirer earlier this year. ‘The big part of the story is not that. The big part of the story is this city’s chronic failure to invest in prevention that the community is crying out for. That is where we have to go.’
Krasner’s office has argued that there is little evidence that suspects accused of being in possession of guns are responsible for the uptick in gun violence, considering that the recent surge in gun-related arrests has not resulted in a significant decrease in shootings.
Police Commissioner Outlaw said in September that she and Krasner ‘just don’t agree’ on whether prioritizing illegal gun and drug possession prosecutions would reduce violent crime in the city.
‘Fundamentally, there are very key disconnects there, as far as which crimes we prioritize, and who believes what are the main drivers of the violent crime that we’re seeing,’ Outlaw said.
Compared to the previous DA term, Krasner’s has imposed 24,000 fewer years of incarceration and 102,000 fewer years of supervised probation or parole since 2018.
In addition, under Krasner there have been 23 exonerations of offenders serving sentences for which he says a review found insufficient evidence.
In September 2020, the City Council of Philadelphia had approved a resolution that urged Kenney to declare gun violence a citywide emergency as shootings continued to increase.
‘Please know, our administration takes this crisis very seriously,’ Kenney said in a statement last year, according to Fox News.
‘We are committed to working with all of our criminal justice & community partners to create a safer city for us all.’
DailyMail.com reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department for comment.