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Pregnant Bystander Shot in the Head Near Her Crown Heights Home, NYPD Says

By  Ben Fractenberg and Aidan Gardiner | September 11, 2017 11:03am | Updated on September 11, 2017 4:55pm

 The young woman was shot on the street near her home at Dean Street and Howard Avenue about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, NYPD officials said Monday morning.
The young woman was shot on the street near her home at Dean Street and Howard Avenue about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, NYPD officials said Monday morning.
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BROOKLYN — A pregnant 19-year-old woman is expected to survive after being shot in the head — the unintended target of a shooting near her Crown Heights home Sunday afternoon, police and her family said.

Tytianna Sparks was shot on the street near her home at Dean Street and Howard Avenue about 12:40 p.m., NYPD officials and her family said Monday. 

She was unconscious when police arrived, officials said, and was in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital and both she and her baby were expected to survive, her and aunt and sister told reporters outside the medical center. 

"We believe in angels. There was an angel watching over her," aunt Roslyn Capers, 60, said. "She's going to make a full recovery and we'll have a new addition to the family."

Both family members and police said they believe Sparks was an innocent bystander and implored the shooter to go to authorities. 

"Turn yourself in," Capers said. "Do the right thing."

There were no immediate arrests, police said Monday.

Neighbors were shocked by the shooting because Sparks, who is carrying her first child, was a stranger to violence.

"She is a good, good kid. She is a sweetheart," said neighbor Evelyn Lloyd, 54. "She doesn't bother nobody."