Tip leads police to suspect in fatal shooting of pregnant teen

Maurice Williams-Brunson, 20, arrested in murder of Kiana James, 16

By Robert Taylor - Web - News Editor, Mariza Mendoza - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Police Department announced Friday that an arrest has been made in the murder of 16-year-old Kiana James. 

Maurice Williams-Brunson, 20, was taken into custody at a home in the 3700 block of Gateway Boulevard on the city's East Side.

Detectives from the SAPD Repeat Offenders Program made the arrest Friday, which came as a result of Crime Stoppers tip.

Williams-Brunson was wanted for his alleged connection to the fatal shooting of James on May 23. 

James, who was six weeks pregnant at the time, was shot and killed in the 600 block of Morningview Drive. 

Witnesses told police a Ford Taurus stopped in front of the residence when someone leaned out of the window and fired what sounded like 30 shots. The car then drove away while the shooter continued to fire.

James was shot in the chest and stomach and died shortly after officers arrived on the scene.

Three other people were also injured in the shooting.

"That is ultimately what the family would like, to have their lovedone back, but hopefully we're able to give them some type of comfort that somebody that was responsible, allegedly responsible, for their lovedone's death is now in custody. And we're looking to get more people so they can face justice also," said Officer Douglas Greene.

Greene could not confirm if the shooting was gang related.

It remains under investigation if Williams-Brunson will also be charged in the murder of the baby.

Police believe Williams-Brunson was just one of the gunmen in the fatal shooting.

Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Police Department.

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