BROWNSVILLE – Tytianna Sparks, the 19-year-old expectant mother shot in the head on Sunday afternoon, is reportedly recovering following surgery.
Sparks, who is five months pregnant, was shot at approximately 12:40pm on Sunday, September 10 near the intersection of Dean Street and Howard Avenue in Brownsville, police say. When police arrived to the scene, they found Sparks lying on the ground between parked vehicles, a NYPD representative said.
She was taken to Brookdale Hospital where she underwent more than four hours of surgery, the New York Post reports. The victim’s mother, Ruth Sparks, tells the Post that her daughter will “be all right,” adding that the family will likely learn the sex of the baby later today, according to the paper.
“The baby is fine, strong heartbeat,” Sparks mother tells the New York Daily News.
Police are reviewing video obtained from a nearby store to try to identify the shooter, the Daily News reports. In the video, Sparks and a friend can be seen crossing Dean Street while a man stands in front of a nearby building, the paper says. Police believe the man may have been the gunman’s intended target, according to the paper.
A silver car with tinted windows can be seen pulling up just before Sparks falls to the ground. The man standing on the street ducks, then runs west down Dean Street while the silver car takes off east, the Daily News reports.
Police are trying to identify the man on the street for questioning. He is described as a black man with a medium build, wearing a black hoodie and white t-shirt with ripped blue jeans.