A pregnant 19-year-old was shot in the head just before 1 p.m. on Sunday in front of her Brooklyn home. Tytianna Sparks was rushed to the hospital and miraculously survived the ordeal.
Sparks, who was reportedly headed home from the laundromat, was not the intended target, according to police.
Sparks, who is five months pregnant, was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, where she underwent a four hour surgery. She is now listed in critical but stable condition.
Her family revealed that the bullet pierced then exited her head. Doctors have removed bullet fragments from her skull. The family adds that Tytianna's unborn child also is also doing fine.
Authorities have obtained surveillance video from a store, which is being used to identify the gunman. The video shows Sparks and a friend crossing Dean St. street as a man stands outside a nearby building. Police believe the man was the target.
A silver car with tinted windows can be seen pulling up just before Sparks falls to the ground. The man standing on the street ducks, then runs west down Dean Street while the silver car takes off east.
Cops found a 9-mm shell casing, a bullet and a bullet fragment at the scene.
Louis Leak, 64, knows Tytianna from the neighborhood and said he heard her screaming. He approached her and said she wasn't moving or visibly breathing.
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He told New York Daily News, "She was laying between two cars and she didn't look like she was alive to me. She was already bleeding out."
Her family believes Tytianna was struck by stray bullets. Her sister, Corinne, said, "No, she wasn’t [targeted]." She urged the shooter to come forward and confess.
Corinne adds, "You almost took two lives. That was crazy. She’s fine. God is good…It could have been her and the baby dead."
The teen's mother, 59-year-old Ruth Sparks, stated, "She’s OK. They took the fragments off the brain and they said she was going to be all right and the baby is doing good. The baby is fine, strong heartbeat. The baby is still with her."
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