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Police Hunt Suspect Who Shot Pregnant Woman In The Face

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SAN PEDRO (CBS) — Police are on the hunt for the suspect who shot a woman in the face during an overnight shooting in San Pedro.

The woman is three-months pregnant and on life support at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, according to officials. Police believe the woman may have suffered damage to her brain stem.

The unidentified 23-year-old woman was riding in a car with two men when shots rang out about 2:30 Saturday morning. She was hit while riding near West Sepulveda and North Mesa Streets.

Investigators Sunday said the shooting could have been the case of mistaken identity.

Witnesses said after they heard several shots, the suspect — who was in a red Mustang — fled the scene. Another witness, Robert Ramos, said an older model silver-colored car also sped off.

Another witness, Oscar Gayton, told KCAL9 and CBS2 reporter Amanda Burden the shots “sounded like they were right outside my window. Six gunshots, very loud. Boom, boom, boom…boom, boom, boom.”

Jared Escondon said, “I heard somebody say ‘Hey’ and then all I hear are gunshots and hear people screaming and a car drove up this way.”

Witnesses are having trouble reconciling the violence in their heads.  Said Escondon, “Sad. It’s really sad, because I’m a father myself. I can’t bear to think about it.”

Now neighbors say they are praying for the victim and hoping violence in their community stops.

“Too much violence,” said Ramos. “It’s a violent world we’re living in. It’s a disaster.”

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