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Mother Shot Holding Baby: Alabama Mom Dies, Newborn Survives

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 10:23 AM

By Alexandra Ward

An Alabama mother was shot and killed Monday after being hit by a stray bullet as she stood in an open doorway holding her newborn baby. The 10-day-old infant was unharmed.

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the suspects who exchanged gunfire Monday afternoon and hit Sheri Williams, 24, of Birmingham, Ala., in the chest as she stood in the doorway of an apartment rocking her baby boy.

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"It's even more sad because she was holding her infant in her arms, when she was shot. Fortunately, the baby was not injured," Birmingham Police Department spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. told AL.com. "So we really need to public to step up and give us all the information we have, so we can get this person off the street."

According to witnesses, one person had been chasing another person down the street and shooting at him after the two got into a fight at a nearby restaurant, said Williams, who made it clear that Sheri Williams was not involved in the altercation. The suspects have been described as a black man in a white tank top and a black woman in a yellow shirt who is missing some braids. The two were last seen in a black Chrysler Sebring.

The victim's 6-year-old daughter had been at school at the time of the shooting, but her 4-year-old son and her mother, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and whom Williams had been taking care of, were in the home. Her mother was upstairs and didn't find out that her daughter had been shot until a neighbor rushed over and told her, police said.

"Just imagine if these kids would've been out here playing," Sgt. Williams said. "All of the kids are out here, and someone could come through here shooting."

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