An argument Wednesday night ended with a shooting that killed a pregnant 16-year-old girl and her baby, and Richmond County sheriff's investigators charged a 15-year-old boy with two counts of murder.
Tykiah Palmer, of the 2100 block of Trotters Way, was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after being shot once in the chest about 6 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of Ramblewood Drive, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.
Palmer, who was six to seven months pregnant, was taken to Medical College of Georgia and died in the operating room, Bowen said.
Doctors performed an emergency caesarian and the baby lived for a short time, but was pronounced dead at 7:47 p.m.
The bodies of both Palmer and her baby will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta for an autopsy today, Bowen said.
Later Wednesday, 15-year-old Loviet Nushawn Edwards, who had been sought in connection with the fatal shooting, turned himself in at the Law Enforcement Center and was charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles.
Peebles said Edwards and the victim were arguing in front of Edwards' home, and several shots were fired. He said there is no indication that the victim and Edwards were ever involved in a romantic relationship or that the shooting was gang-related.