Brooksville, Florida -- Hernando County deputies say the fatal shooting of a pregnant mother Saturday night was accidental and they are still investigating, but have yet to charge anyone.
It happened around 6:30 p.m. at a home on Suncrest Drive in Brooksville. Katherine Hoover and her husband, Carson Hoover, were visiting a friend of Carson's who they had not seen in a few years, according to Katherine's family. They said Carson's friend, William DeHayes, handed Carson a .22 caliber revolver to look at and then the gun went off and shot Katherine in the head.
Hoover was five months pregnant and has a 6-year-old son named Nicolas.
"I don't understand as to how you would even bring a gun out in front of a pregnant person," cried Katherine's older sister, Kayleigh Bryan. "How would you even be ok with showing a gun in front of a person? Just why would you do that?"
Tears streamed down Bryan's cheeks.
"The pain is unbearable. We have lost someone who is so important to us."
Hoover and her unborn son both died after the shooting. Hoover's father told 10 News off camera the infant son took a breath before he died. He was removed from Hoover by a C-section and died about two hours later. She died around 3:00 a.m. the following morning.
"Even before taking the gun out, not check to see if it was loaded? Why would you not properly handle the gun?"
Bryan is upset there has been no arrest.
"Why is he not in jail? How do you not consider this negligence? I can't even begin to say this was an accident. I have so many unanswered questions as to why."
We spoke with DeHayes' father over the weekend. He said his son feels awful and is in pain.
"Why isn't someone being held accountable?" asked 10 News to Hernando County spokesperson Denise Moloney.
"That determination hasn't been made yet," said Moloney. "They have to consult; once they finish their investigation here they will turn it over to the state attorney's office."
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