Pregnant Woman Shot at LA Park

A man shot a pregnant woman "without provocation," according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A pregnant woman was rushed to the hospital after a man walked up and shot her several times in a Los Angeles park, police said Monday.

The woman and her baby survived the shooting, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The pregnant woman, 18 to 19 years old, was in critical but stable condition after surgeries to treat multiple gunshot wounds, one of which broke her leg. The baby was said to be doing well.

The woman, six to seven months pregnant, was walking along the basketball courts at Toberman Park in the Pico-Union District west of downtown Los Angeles about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when a man approached her.

Without provocation, the man shot the woman several times, according to the LAPD Rampart Station.

Witnesses described shooting, then screams.

"About six shots and that's when the cops came in," said witness Jonathan Diaz. "It's pretty bad. Pretty sad, too."


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After emergency responders arrived on-scene, the wouned woman was transferred to a trauma center and underwent emergency surgery.

It was unclear at the time if the man and woman knew each other, the LAPD said.

Detectives were looking into the possibily of the shooting being gang-related.

"We're aware that it does become violent at night just like any other city, any city park where gang members congregate," said LAPD Det. Humberto Tovar.

Police were searching for up to two men in connection with the shooting. They asked that any witnesses with information on the shooting come forward. 

NBC4's Annette Arreola and Asher Klein contributed to this report.

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