Father takes hail of bullets to protect pregnant daughter on wedding day

A social media post may have led to an angry ex-wife seeking to do harm to a new bride

Police say the father of a pregnant Philadelphia woman put his life in jeopardy when he jumped in front of

Frederick Waring (CBS Philadelphia)

Police say the father of a pregnant Philadelphia woman put his life in jeopardy when he jumped in front of gunfire to save his daughter on her wedding day. They also claim her groom’s jealous ex-wife is to blame. 

The woman was shot twice, but thanks to her 74-year-old dad, Frederick Waring’s, heroic act of blocking her, the woman and her twin babies had their lives spared. Waring took the load of the gunfire and was shot 10 times, reports CBS Philadelphia. The incident took place only hours after the wedding, police say.

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“The father of the 23-year-old victim jumped in front of his daughter and obviously took the brunt of the injuries,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.

Waring underwent surgery and remains in critical condition and his daughter, who is five months pregnant with twins and was shot twice, is in stable condition. Doctors say the twins were not injured. 

Police are searching for a scorned ex-wife who they say along with accomplices tried to kill the woman after seeing her wedding pictures on social media.

“The ex-wife of the individual she married saw it on social media,” said Walker. “After the social media post, she approached the new wife. There was some type of altercation or fight. As that escalated, some males that were in the group, at least two, pulled out handguns.”

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Police have since found the vehicle the ex-wife was believed to be in, near the neighborhood where the shooting took place. The car has been impounded and undergoing forensic testing. Police are urging the 25-year-old ex-wife and her male associates to turn themselves in.

“She needs to come in and do the right thing and provide us with the information on what actually occurred from start to finish, or not, and we will confer with the district attorney’s office and I’m sure charges will go against her,” said Walker.