Baton Rouge police late Saturday were still trying to come up with a clear picture of the events that led to the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old pregnant woman at her apartment late Friday.
While authorities have not identified any suspects, they say whoever shot and killed Brittney Mills was probably someone she knew. Her unborn baby was saved.
Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman, said investigators believe from a preliminary investigation that Mills opened her door to someone who wanted to use her car and was shot multiple times after she refused.
Mills, who lived in an apartment complex in the 200 block of Ship Drive, was found dead when police arrived about 10:38 p.m. Friday but was rushed to a local hospital, where her unborn child was removed in unstable condition. Authorities declined to identify the hospital the woman was taken to but said the infant’s condition had improved to stable and the baby was expected to survive.
Coppola said late Saturday he did not know the sex of the baby.
Several attempts to reach family members Saturday were unsuccessful, but neighbors who asked not to be identified said Mills was about nine months pregnant and had recently had a baby shower.
Neighbors said she has been living in the apartment complex, which is off Florida Boulevard near Lobdell Avenue, for six months.
In addition to the baby she was carrying, she has a 10-year-old daughter, according to neighbors and a Facebook posting by Mills.
A man who lived upstairs from Mills said he had recently helped her unload several large gifts from her car she had received at a baby shower.
The man, who declined to give his name, said Mills always peeked out of her window before answering the door to her apartment.
Neighbors said they heard two gunshots about 10:30 p.m. Friday. They said the door to Mills’ apartment was ajar when police arrived.
Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office did not release any further details about Mills’ death Saturday. They said an autopsy would be conducted Monday.
Baton Rouge police are asking anyone with information to contact Violent Crime Division at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.