Pregnant woman says she fell during rodeo chaos

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Pregnant woman says she was hurt during chaos at RodeoHouston

A woman is in the hospital Thursday after falling during the chaos Wednesday night at RodeoHouston.

Ashley Randall Smith, 30, was with her 2-year-old son when she says she heard at least four shots.

"Right now, I'm in a lot of pain," Smith told ABC13 from her hospital bed at Women's Hospital of Texas.

Smith is praying her baby girl, already named Madison, doesn't come early.

"I have to be strong," she said. "I'm a mother and I'm more worried about my baby than anything else right now."

Smith said she was admitted to the hospital after a trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last night.

Around 9:30 p.m., she said her group of friends and family split up.

She and her toddler went to NRG Center, while her mom and others stayed outside at the Carnival.

"I heard at least four shots go off," her mother, Tammy Randall said. "We were actually under a ride praying because it was terrible. I've never seen anything like that in my life. Babies screaming, parents screaming."

Smith said people started rushing into NRG Center, and, in the chaos, somebody accidentally pushed her.

She moved her body so her 2-year-old wouldn't get hurt, and said she fell directly on her right side.

"29 weeks pregnant and your head has to be tucked in your knees, you know, because there are so many people surrounding you and you're trying to protect," Smith explained.

Smith said she was taken to a medical tent, and then taken to the hospital by ambulance.

So, when she heard Rodeo officials announce earlier today that nobody was injured in the scare, she was confused.

That's why her family reached out to Eyewitness News.

"Don't downplay it," Randall said. "You know, just let the public know that there was an injury."

Rodeo officials confirmed tonight that a woman was taken to the hospital from NRG Center last night, but say they are still working to provide more information.
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