Pregnant teen shot dead, baby saved

A pregnant teenager is dead after a shooting on the city's Southwest Side, but the girl's unborn baby was saved.

As CBS 2's Susanna Song reports, authorities say the unborn child was in stable condition when the mother, Charinez Jefferson, 17, who was six months pregnant, was brought to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after the shooting. It was unclear how the preemie, a boy, was doing as of 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Jefferson was shot multiple times and suffered a wound to the head, as she walked with a group of people around 10:35 p.m. Tuesday in the 3000 block of West 64th Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood.

Police say the suspect, a man the group did not know, got out of a car and walked up to them. Then he opened fire.

The others who were with the girl scattered, but Jefferson was hit and was lying wounded and calling for help when her companions returned, the Sun-Times Media Wire reported.

Sources told the wire that Jefferson was shot at least three times in the heart, once in the foot and once in the back of the head.

When paramedics arrived, Jefferson was in full cardiac arrest. They performed life support treatment and rushed her to the hospital, but could not save her.

Jefferson, of the 6300 block of South Albany Avenue, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ just over half an hour after the shooting, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office told the Sun-Times Media Wire.

Police have not revealed a motive for the shooting, and do not know if Jefferson was the intended target.

No one was in custody in the shooting as of 5 a.m. Wednesday. Doctors at Advocate Christ continued to try to keep the baby alive Wednesday morning.