Family Pleads For Help After Woman Hit by Stray Bullets - NBC Chicago

Family Pleads For Help After Woman Hit by Stray Bullets

Michelle Pearson is on life support following Saturday morning shooting



    Victim is on life support following Saturday morning shooting. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Tuesday, June 10, 2014)

    A family from Chicago's south side made an anguished plea for information after a 20-year-old mother was critically wounded by stray bullets early Saturday morning.

    Family members say Michelle Pearson, 20, was on a date when she was hit by the bullets at 46th Street and Ellis Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. She was on life support as of Tuesday morning.

    "They was on their way in, they had to drop off a friend in a neighborhood that she never goes to," the victim's aunt, Raynetta Tyler said. "One person was on foot. He shot her first in her head."

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    Pearson's 4-year-old son was yearning to know why his mother wasn't home.

    "He asks me a lot of questions," the victim's sister, Mashieka Pearson, said. "He asks me like, 'Why did they do that to my mommy? What did she do to them?'"

    Family members described Pearson as a hardworking high school graduate who doted on her son. She was training to be a supervisor at White Castle.

    "Now she's fighting for her life and may never be the same," Tyler said.

    Police said no arrests had been made in the case as of Tuesday morning. The family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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