A 23-year-old pregnant woman was celebrating on the night of her wedding Sunday when shots rang out.
According WSFA, the family was having a party in west Philadelphia when the groom’s 25-year-old ex-wife arrived with two men, who pulled out guns and started firing.
Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said:
“She approached the new wife. There was some type of altercation or fight. As that escalated, some of the males in the crowd – at least two – pulled out handguns.”
That’s when the bride’s 74-year-old father, Frederick Waring, jumped in front of the bride, who was five months pregnant with twins.
Walker told CBS Philadelphia that the men fired more than a dozen bullets at the family:
“The father of the 23-year-old victim jumped in front of his daughter and obviously took the brunt of the injuries.”
The alleged shooters then fled the scene.
Waring was shot 10 times protecting the pregnant bride and was left in critical condition. His daughter was hit by a bullet in the leg and hip, but was not severely injured thanks to her dad’s protection.
Her unborn twins were unharmed.
On Monday, police found a vehicle that they believe belongs to the suspect hidden near where the shooting occurred, WFSA reports.
They are currently in search of the 25-year-old and the men they believe carried out the shooting.
The bride and her father remain hospitalized. The expectant mom is stable but the father is still in critical condition.