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Boyfriend charged in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 17:17:08-05

A 21-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman on Sunday, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Devante L. Williams faces charged of assault in the second degree for recklessly causing the victim’s injury and armed criminal action. Prosecutors requested a bond of $75,000.

According to authorities, a 20-year-old woman who is six months pregnant was shot at least once in her lower extremities. 

The incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. near 34th Street and Harrison Street.

Officials say Williams was was the woman's suspected boyfriend at the time and had a gun when it discharged. 

According to officials, the victim stated that Williams accidentally shot her in the leg while they were play fighting. The bullet struck her groin.

Williams told police he normally keeps the handgun under his pillow and unloaded, but it accidently went off. Police say he took the gun and magazine and left the residence, tossing it in bushes down an alley.

The woman's injuries were initially reported as non life-threatening. The female victim is currently undergoing surgery at a local hospital. 

Police previously reported that the pregnant mother suffered life-threatening injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but that is no longer the case. 

This story is developing. Stay with 41 Action News for the latest. 

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