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Police believe man intended to kill Paso Robles woman he shot

The San Miguel man who allegedly shot a pregnant Paso Robles woman Friday owned the gun she was shot with, police confirmed Wednesday, and they don't believe the shooting was in self-defense.

"It met the elements of attempted homicide, which means it was a pre-planned event, and we have every reason to believe he intended to kill her," Lt. Ty Lewis of the Paso Robles Police Department said.

Just before midnight Friday, officers found the 34-year-old woman in her Paso Robles home conscious after being shot several times. Her 15-year-old daughter had called 911.

Steven Smith, 26, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to two counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree burglary. He was arrested in San Miguel Saturday and remains in County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Officials are investigating the possibility of harassing text messages the 34-year-old woman might have sent him prior to the incident.

The situation appears that Smith and the woman were involved in some way and that the baby she is carrying might be his, police said.

Smith's stepmother said their involvement was casual and short-term, and there would be a DNA test to determine the paternity.

The woman, who is about 36 weeks along, and her unborn child are expected to survive her injuries.

Smith faces a burglary charge because he allegedly entered the woman's home with the intention of committing a felony, police said, not because he stole something.

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