Investigators: Woman armed with gun wanted to 'extract' baby from pregnant woman

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 44-year-old woman who is accused of pointing a gun at a pregnant mother's stomach outside a home in Cane Bay wanted to kill the victim and remove her unborn child, according to newly released court documents.

Julie Gordon Gookins was in bond court Friday evening where she faced charges of burglary, kidnapping, possession of a weapon and attempted murder; a judge denied bond on all charges.

During the hearing, the victim said she felt if Gookins was released, Gookins would kill her.

The victim recounted her ordeal at the bond hearing in Moncks Corner.

"She said if I said anything, she'd shoot me and my kids that were inside eating," the victim told the judge Friday evening."I feel like if she ever does get out, she will definitely come back and kill me because that's what she said...I feel like she will come and attack me again."

Investigators say Gookins' actions, information obtained by witnesses, along with evidence led authorities to believe that Gookins wanted to kidnap and kill the victim, and remove the victim's unborn child "to present the child as her own."

Court records state the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office received a complaint on Wednesday in reference to a woman, wearing what appeared to be a black wig, walking through yards in the Cane Bay neighborhood, and looking into the patios of homes.

The complainant said they also saw a burgundy Chrysler PT cruiser driving around the neighborhood.

According to authorities, the suspicious female fled the area before investigators arrived.

On Thursday, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Decatur Drive in reference to an assault. The victim said she had arrived home, and while she was unloading groceries into the garage freezer, she was approached by Gookins who was armed with a gun.

An affidavit states Gookins told the victim not to scream or she would shoot her, her children and unborn child.

Authorities say Gookins then forced the victim from the garage to the backyard of the home.

According to court records, at one point, Gookins was distracted and turned away briefly. At that point, investigators say a struggle ensued between the victim and Gookins where the victim was able to disarm Gookins and throw the gun into a nearby retention pond; officials with BCSO say the victim was also able to knock the gun magazine from the firearm before she threw the weapon into the pond.

Authorities say when Gookins continued to assault the victim, a neighbor saw the assault and intervened. The sheriff's office say the neighbor forced Gookins to the ground and held the subject until a deputy arrived.

Deputies reported that victim did not appear to be injured, and said she did not need any medical attention.

Investigators say deputies found Gookins' vehicle where authorities found several items believed to be "instrumentalities" used for "kidnapping and attempted murder."

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