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05-23-06, 05:15 PM #1
Baby Survives After Pregnant Mother Shot
CHICAGO -- An emergency Caesarian section was performed on a pregnant woman who was shot on the city's West Side Monday.
The woman, identified as 25-year-old Crystal Cook, had an emergency C-section, and both the mother and baby were in stable condition, a spokeswoman from Mt. Sinai Hospital said.
The baby's father, Trumyne Sanders, said his daughter needed a transfusion after she was born.
"The baby lost a lot of blood," he said. "She wasn't breathing on her own."
Sanders said he was at the hospital all night, but wasn't able to see his daughter because of her serious condition.
"There really wasn't much we could do last night. They wouldn't let us see her because they were steady going in, making sure she was OK," he said.
Sanders said the girl's name is Carla Patricia Ann Sanders.
Cook, who was eight months pregnant, was shot in the 2700 block of West 25th Street shortly after 6 p.m., police news Affairs Officer Kristina Schuler said.
Cook was standing outside with some friends and family members when a man who was nearby took out a handgun and started shooting in the group's direction, Schuler said. Cook was struck in the lower back.
Neighbors and witnesses said Cook was an innocent victim of a gang-related shooting.
"All of a sudden you just heard a lot of gunshots coming from the alley, and she was just trying to get the kids in the house, and the in the midst of her going in, she got shot," a witness told NBC5.
It was unknown as of 8:30 p.m. if the woman was the shooter's intended target, Schuler said.
The shooter was described as a man aged 18 to 20, wearing a white T-shirt. He was with another man, who was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, Schuler said.
Harrison Area detectives were investigating.
Additional information provided by Chicago Sun-Times Inc.
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