A pregnant woman was shot in the chest and critically wounded early yesterday morning when she was caught in the middle of a fight between two groups of men in Lawrence, police said.
Yarelis Carrillo, 21, of Lawrence was shot on Jordan Street at about 1:30 a.m., police and the Essex Disstrict Attorney’s office said.
When help arrived, Carrillo’s heart had stopped beating, but emergency medical personnel were able to restart her heart, said Steve O’Connell, a spokesman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.
Carrillo was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital before being airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital, said Lawrence Police Chief John Romero.
Her wounds are considered life-threatening. She was listed in critical condition last night, O’Connell said.
Romero said the shooter may have been in a vehicle that fled the scene. "We recovered ballistic evidence, and we are hearing now that perhaps the gunshot came from a vehicle that was seen fleeing the scene," Romero said. "It may be gang related."
State Police and Lawrence police are investigating.
Friends at the scene told police Carrillo was two months pregnant. Romero said she lived a few miles away in South Lawrence and was simply visiting a friend when she was caught up in the violence.
A second person was shot twice in the leg at about 2 a.m. Israel Sanchez, 26, drove himself to the hospital. Police said the second shooting occurred about a mile’s drive away from where Carrillo was shot, at Lowell and Greenwood streets. Police said they don't know if the two shootings are connected.
The Globe recently reported on a rise in both violent and property crime in Lawrence which reverted after years of improvement once dozens of police officers were laid off last year. Lawrence battled a $25 million budget deficit and state-administered bailout.
Globe correspondent Jason Woods Contributed to this report. John M. Guilfoil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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