LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Police are investigating a shooting and police chase that happened in Lexington early Tuesday morning, according to Lexington police.
The shooting happened at 5:13 a.m. on Meredith Avenue in Lexington. Police identified the victim as Raven Cauthen, 27. They say she was shot once in the stomach. Cauthen, who is eight months pregnant, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. The baby is alive, according to a news release.
Shortly after the shooting, the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Mondrail Woodberry, got in a car and led police on a chase for about a mile before he crashed at Linwood Road and was taken into custody.
Police believe the victim and suspect had a relationship and they are investigating the shooting as a case of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable,” said Maj. Rummage with the Lexington Police Department. “We take it very seriously and it doesn't matter who the participants are, it is an act that we do not tolerate and we are thankful to have a working relationship with the district attorney’s office to address it appropriately.”
Woodberry's charges include attempted murder, attempted murder of an unborn child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, felony speed to elude, driving with license revoked, felony possession of cocaine
Also present at the time of the shooting was a young child, about 2 years old, of the pregnant mother. That child was not injured.
Neighbors awoke to the news Tuesday morning.
"It's kinda scary to me right now. All this stuff going on next door and I'm in the bed sleeping," said neighbor Horace Davis. "You know what I mean? And then somebody had to come and tell me you need to look outside your door and see what's going on. It's kinda scary, you know what I mean? Shooting a girl? Pregnant? I can't believe that."
Woodberry is due in Lexington District Court on April 11.