Man arrested in double shooting of pregnant woman, man in Vancouver
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VANCOUVER—A witness to the double-shooting in Vancouver that caused one woman to lose her unborn child says she's relieved that police have made an arrest in the case.

Dollie Middleton said she punched the man she alleges shot a pregnant woman and her friend, as he fled the scene of the shooting Friday morning.

Vancouver police have arrested 37-year-old Carleton Stevens of Surrey, B.C., for what they called a “targeted'' shooting.

They have previously said it is not gang related.

Stevens has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of ammunition or firearm contrary to a prohibition order. Investigators said they expect more criminal charges to be laid.

Police made the arrest Sunday night and Stevens remains in custody.

The 31-year-old woman who was shot was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, police said, and remains in serious but stable condition. The 23-year-old man from Langley, B.C., is recovering from his injuries.

Middleton said she works at the print shop below the apartment where she said the female victim was staying and knows the male victim.

She said she heard a “ruckus'' Friday morning, saw some people she didn't recognize, then called to her own boyfriend for help.

Middleton said she heard a “pop'' and saw the woman, who said, “he shot me.''

“I could see her belly and a bullet hole and it really scared me. I was freaking out,'' Middleton said.

Middleton said the pregnant woman and the Langley shooting victim were friends.

When Middleton saw the man who she believed was responsible for the shooting, she said she started yelling at him.

“I needed him to know what he really was. You can't do this to women and children. You can't do this to anybody,'' she said.

“I just decked him and he decked me back.''

Middleton said he aimed a gun at her, too, but shot it at the ground.

Vancouver police have not confirmed Middleton's allegations and said no further information will be released, as the matter is before the courts.

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U.S. woman found with eye worm previously known only in cattle


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Published at: 2018-02-13

26-year-old woman from Oregon becomes first human to have her eye infected with 14 of these tiny worms previously only seen in cattle.

An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists said 14 translucent parasitic worms of the species Thelazia gulosa, all less than half an inch (1.27 cm) long, were extracted from the 26-year-old woman’s eye over a 20-day period before her symptoms dissipated.

This species of Thelazia worm was previously seen in cattle throughout the northern United States and southern Canada, the researchers reported in a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. They said the study indicates that North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously understood to such infections.

If the worms remain in a person’s eye for a prolonged time, they can cause corneal scarring and even blindness, according to the researchers.

“Cases of eye worm parasitic infections are rare in the USA, and this case turned out to be a species of the Thelazia that had never been reported in humans,” said study lead author Richard Bradbury, who works with the CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.

Bradbury said previously it was thought there were only two different species of these eye worms that infected humans worldwide, and that Thelazia gulosa is now the third.

The researchers said the woman noticed a small, translucent worm in her left eye after experiencing irritation. Her frequent outdoor pastimes during the summer months exposed her to the infection, they added.

She was from the city of Gold Beach, located on Oregon’s coast along the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles (65 km) north of the California border.

Previous cases of such eye worm infections have been reported worldwide, predominantly in Europe and Asia and in rural communities with close proximity to animals and with poor living standards, the researchers said.

Eye worms are found in a variety of animals including dogs, cats and certain wild carnivores.


Credit: Reuters

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