Police in Hartford said a 21-year-old pregnant woman was shot and killed while she was inside a car in the city early Monday morning.
Police were called to the intersection of Magnolia and Mather streets around 1 a.m. after getting reports of gun shots in the area.
When they arrived, officers said they found the victim, identified as Shamari Jenkins of East Hartford, inside a vehicle nearby.
Jenkins, who was four-months pregnant was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
"She was a great person and she didn't deserve to die like this," said Carmen Collado, who is a friend and former co-worker of Jenkins.
She was shot through the back of her shoulder and the bullet traveled through her torso, police said.
Jenkins, who was about to start a nursing job, was driving the car and had a passenger with her at the time of the shooting, police said. Friends told Eyewitness News that the passenger was her boyfriend.
He is cooperating with the police investigation.
"We do not believe the shooting was a random attack," said Lt. Brian Foley, of the Hartford Police Department. "The shooting, we believe, was possibly related to narcotics at this time."
However, Pastor Howard Daniel, who is acting as the Jenkins family spokesman, said that would be out of character for her.
"Here it is another crime, in the community, and we immediately go focus on the negative side where this is a life," he said. "This is a life that needed to live, who had a life within her."
Police said neither Jenkins or her unidentified passenger have a criminal history in the city of Hartford.
Collado said Jenkins had received gained custody of her year old brother, because her mother died last October.
"The family is hurting," Daniel said. "Just been in the home of the family and watching the number of visitors coming offering their condolences"
A makeshift memorial has been setup at the area where Jenkins was shot.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Hartford police at 860-722-TIPS.
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