Drive-by shooting claims life of pregnant teen, 3 others hospitalized

Police have identified suspect in Friday shooting

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

Kiana James, who was 16 years old and pregnant, has died from wounds she suffered in a drive-by shooting Friday night on San Antonio's East side.

Three other people remain in the hospital. At least one of them is in critical condition.

James' family members said the teen was standing in a crowd of people in the 600 block of Morningview Drive when someone in a passing car fired shots at them around 9 p.m.

"When I went down (the street), I saw her lying there lifeless," said her mother, Raeshawnda James. "She was still breathing, but she was just lying there lifeless."

She said she had just parted ways with her daughter, after they had attended a children's party together, when she heard the shots ring out.

"To shoot an innocent child, an innocent child you know nothing about. She had her whole life. Her whole life was robbed from her," she said.

On Saturday afternoon, Police Chief William McManus spoke to the media, announcing that a suspect in the shootings had been identified, but not yet arrested.

"We have a good deal of information about the suspect. We will be looking for him from this point forward until we catch him," McManus said.

McManus said the investigation revealed that the gunfire was gang-related.

Raeshawnda James, however, denied that her daughter was involved in that type of activity.

"The crowd that they shot into were children and women, obviously not gang members. My daughter's definitely not a gang member," she said.

McManus said detectives will be working to make a quick arrest. He said the goal is to head off any retaliatory violence.

"We're not going to let people come into our neighborhoods and shoot them up and hurt our citizens," McManus said.

Meanwhile, Kiana's family is hoping for peace too, as well as justice.

"I wish it would really, really stop because there are innocent bystanders that are getting killed because of this ignorance," Raeshawnda James said.

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