September 9, 2013 Updated: September 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
A pregnant woman died Monday after she was shot in a south-central Colorado Springs apartment where she had recently moved with her children.
Police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said the baby was alive and in intensive care at Memorial Hospital Central. The woman's name was not released pending next-of-kin notification.
The El Paso County Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death, but Miller said the department's Violent Crimes Unit was investigating the crime as the 23rd homicide this year for Colorado Springs.
Police had surrounded the building where the woman lived just after noon and were broadcasting commands to see if the shooter was still inside. Then, police used a robot to search the complex at The Summit Apartments in the 2700 block of Reeve Circle, off Lake Avenue. The shooter was not found.
Police received a call about the shooting at 9:27 a.m.
Colorado Springs fire crews also responded on a report that a woman in the third trimester of pregnancy was bleeding.
Miller said one of the fire departments medical technicians dragged the woman behind a barrier to protect her because officials didn't know if the shooter was in the area.
Neighbors said the woman moved into the complex with three kids in recent weeks.
"I seen her and her kids out there playing a little bit when they first moved in," said James Darnley, who has lived in the complex almost two years.
"She seemed like a nice person from just seeing her when I was walking with the dogs and so forth. She always said hi," he said.
Another neighbor, Kim, who declined to give her last name, said she never met the woman but saw her children playing outside.
"It hurts me really, really bad," she said. "I've already said a prayer for the family and the kids."
Fox Meadow Middle School and Harrison High School in Harrison School District 2 were on lockdown for several hours because of the shooting and search for the killer. "Lockdown" means classes continue as normal, but no one is allowed in or out of the schools.
Anyone with information on the incident should call 444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 634-STOP (7867).
Gazette reporter Daniel Chac? contributed to this story.