A woman who was eight months pregnant has died after being shot in Chicago. Doctors delivered her baby, who was hospitalized in critical condition early Tuesday, according to authorities.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the woman as Stacy Jones, 35. Jones was due to give birth to her baby next month. She was shot multiple times in the back shortly after midnight on Tuesday. She crumpled to the ground on a porch on the city’s South Side, where police found her unresponsive. Jones was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Officers showed up at the scene in response to a ShotSpotter alert, a gunshot detection system. Her home was on the same block where she was shot.
Doctors at the University of Chicago Medical Center were able to deliver the baby, who was then transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital.
Police said they were looking for the shooter; they have not been identified.
Surging gun violence has made 2020 another bloody year in Chicago. Murders are up 50% over last year as of October 4. Since then, Chicago police have recorded 596 deaths as homicides.