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CHICAGO -- A cellphone may have saved the life of a woman shot multiple times, including in the head, as she drove on the city’s South Side.

The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 71st and Wentworth in Englewood.

Jeniece Smiley, 24, was sitting in her car at a stoplight when someone got out of another vehicle and opened fire on her car. She then drove into a nearby field.

Police say Jeniece was struck in the head, shoulder and twice in her hand.

Her father says she was holding her cellphone to her left ear at the time of the shooting, and a bullet hit the phone. He believes the cellphone may have saved her life.

She is being treated at Christ Advocate Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Police say no one is in custody.

Investigators are looking at surveillance video from several nearby business and buildings to see if the shooting was caught on camera.

Jeniece is the mother of two children. She is just one of 10 people injured in shootings across Chicago Monday night.