Pregnant woman, 13-year-old shot in Little Village; crime down in July, police say

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CHICAGO -- A pregnant woman and a teenage boy were both injured in a shooting in the city's Little Village neighborhood.

The victims were sitting in a parked car on the 3700 block of West 28th Street Tuesday night around 9:45 p.m. when two people with guns got out of a gold Toyota Corolla and fired shots.

The woman, 23-year-old Joselyn Rangel was shot twice. One bullet is lodged in her neck and another grazed her head. A neighbor drove her to Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is in stable condition. Rangel is 28 weeks pregnant with her third daughter. The baby was unharmed.

Her husband said his 5-year-old and 2-year-old daughters were also in the car, but they were not hurt. The girls were sitting in the back seat. The woman's 13-year-old cousin was shot in the hand. He was sitting in the front along with Rangel.

Maria Rangel, Joselyn Rangel's aunt, said she heard shots and looked out the window. She said she saw a passenger in the car with a gun. She said he got out and started shooting.

The family said they have no idea why this happened. Police said there is no gang affiliation and they aren't "known" to them. The family said it may have been a case of mistaken identity, since the car's windows are tinted so the shooter couldn't really see inside.

No arrests have been made.

This shooting comes as the Chicago Police Department released its crime stats for July. Chicago has 97 fewer murders this year compared to this time last year, which is a 23-percent decrease. There have also been 457 fewer shooting victims, which is down 21 percent.

The department added 103 new police recruits to the police academy last month, part of the plan to add 1,000 more officers to help drive down shootings.

The number of robberies, burglaries and carjackings are all down from last year.

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