JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Gabrielle Black, 26, was waiting at a bus stop with her seven-year-old son Friday morning when her neighbor drove up, stepped out of his truck, and shot her four times in the chest, according to police.
Two months pregnant, she is fighting for her life at University Medical Center.
"I hope she'll make it. I hope she'll be alright," said her brother Andre, who asked that WLBT not reveal his last name or show his face.
According to police, Fred Wesley, 51, shot Black, then drove away, crashing his truck on nearby Decatur Street. That's where he turned the gun on himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I never would have thought he would do something like this," said Andre. "He was a pretty nice guy. Nice guy. He don't bother nobody. So you just don't know what goes through a person's mind."
Black's mother told WLBT Wesley had tried to run Black off the interstate the night before. She said her daughter had planned to file harassment charges and a restraining order against Wesley Friday morning.
Family members said the two had been romantically involved, until Black discovered he had served time for killing a woman back in 1992, when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Black had been seeing another man for months, but Wesley had recently put a new motor in her car, and helped her brothers with their cars.
"He was a sweet person, he would help anybody. Even the woman. He was nice and good to her from my understanding," said Black's niece, Jennifer Davis.
But Black's family members said Wesley had been following her for months.
Her brother, Raphael, said he confronted Wesley Friday morning before the shooting, telling Wesley his sister didn't want to be with him.
Friends, family, and neighbors all remember Wesley as a man who helped everyone in the neighborhood.
"He was a good person," said Davis. "He would never hurt anybody. So it had to be something to make him go off. It had to be something. We'll never know."
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