Baby Born At Barnes & Noble In Torrance

Customers at a Barnes & Noble store in Torrance Friday night were shocked to hear a woman screaming, even more so when they realized she was in labor.

"A lady was in the corner, sitting on the bench and she just started kind of screaming," witness Delia Ramsey told , ABC 7. "Then there was another woman started rubbing her back pretty hard. She was leaning over and just started screaming, 'Get it out!'"

Paramedics rushed to the bookstore, which is at the Del Amo Fashion Center, at 21500 Hawthorne Boulevard, around 7:30 p.m., ABC 7 reports, but it was too late to get the woman to the hospital.

"Had to make a decision to go or no go, and the baby made that decision for him and decided that this would be a good place to come out. So they delivered the baby right here in the lobby of the Barnes & Noble," Capt. Steve Deuel with the Torrance Fire Department told ABC.

The baby boy was born in the lobby, as witnesses captured it all on their cellphones.

"Soon as they got her on the gurney, the baby was here. I heard a little crying. It was really nice, everybody started clapping," said Ramsey.

"When we heard the last scream, the big scream, everybody came running and then just as I got on the other side of the bookshelf by the door, I saw a little baby," said witness Dave Delgado.

Fortunately, the baby was born without any complications. He and his mom are now resting at the hospital. Officials said it's not her first child; apparently she thought she had time to make one last book purchase before its arrival.

"Occasionally nature writes the script not us," Deuel told the Associated Press. "This was a good Friday night for all of us.

Of course, witnesses suggested the baby be named "Noble" or "Barnes & Noble."

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