Two people have been arrested in connection with a Sunday shooting in St. Paul during which a pregnant woman was struck and later forced to deliver a baby boy early.

The suspects -- a 26-year-old St. Paul woman and a 30-year-old Brooklyn Center man -- were apprehended during a traffic stop Thursday in Brooklyn Center, police spokesman Tom Walsh said today.

Charges were not expected to be filed in the case until Tuesday, he said.

The suspects were booked on felony assault charges.

Police were not commenting about who's alleged to have fired the shots, Walsh said.

About 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Andrea M. Benjamin, 23, and her boyfriend, Richard M. Brown, 18, were struck by shots fired through the metal door of her apartment in the 1700 block of Case Avenue on the city's East Side.

The mother's 7 1/2-month old fetus also was hit, resulting in its premature delivery. The baby, since transferred to a children's hospital, is expected to survive, Walsh said. Benjamin, initially hospitalized in serious condition, since has been released from Regions Hospital, where Brown remains in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

According to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the suspects both have criminal records that include convictions for check forgery. The Brooklyn Center man also has served time for fifth-degree assault, according to the BCA website.

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