A pregnant Georgia nurse was killed while driving a car Tuesday afternoon in what was believed to be a “targeted” shootout, according to investigators.

Troup County Sheriff’s deputies had to drag an unresponsive Akeila Ware, 29, from her car, which was riddled with bullet holes and crashed along a rural stretch of Highway 18, Atlanta FOX 5 reported.

“At this point, it appears to be a targeted crime, not a random road rage,” said Department Spokesman Sgt. Stewart Smith said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The suspect likely shot goods from another car while she was driving and sent her car into a tree, police said.

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“We believe the suspect knew this victim and the victim knew the suspect, but we don’t have a good name to post it there yet. But we certainly work all the leads,” added Smith, according to FOX 5.

Troup County Sheriff’s deputies had to drag an unresponsive Akeila Ware, 29, from her car, which was riddled with bullet holes and crashed on a rural stretch of Highway 18.
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Ware was taken to a hospital where she and her unborn baby were pronounced dead.

The attack occurred just before 1 p.m. ET in broad daylight.

“Very brave, very cold, and very numb just to do that,” Smith continued. “And that’s why we definitely want to give a shooter a name so that we can take that person or, if other people were involved, all of those people into custody.”

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Authorities were looking for a suspect in a silver Nissan with possible front damage, the Journal-Constitution reported.

According to FOX 5, Ware was a nurse and mother of five children.

“You know, it’s like waking up from it and you know it won’t be true, it won’t be,” her mother Twila Ware told the broadcaster. “She was a mother, daughter, cousin, friend, everyone with information.”