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Pregnant woman, unborn child killed in Turlock shooting
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An early morning shooting in a Turlock neighborhood on Tuesday has resulted in the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The victim has been identified as Amythest Rochelle Cortez, 27, of Gustine.

The shooting was initially reported as an aggravated assault around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Twentieth Century Boulevard.

The first officers to arrive at the scene found the woman inside a vehicle with at least one gunshot wound. The injury was described as life-threatening, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Parmley.

The woman was rushed to a local hospital, where she and her unborn child succumbed to their injuries and died, Parmley said.

The suspect or suspects had fled prior to officers arriving at the scene.

Detectives are actively investigating this case and are working on leads discovered in their preliminary investigation.

Turlock Police Detectives ask that anyone with information, to call Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 664-7323. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.