By Charlie De Mar

(CBS) — A 21-year-old mother was fatally shot Monday afternoon on Chicago’s Far South Side, and witnesses say her toddler was caught in the crossfire but not injured.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. near 106th and State in the Roseland neighborhood. The female victim was shot in the side; she was transported to Christ Hospital, where she was later pronounced.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Adrianna Mayes.

Neighbors say the young mother was caught in the middle of a shootout between at least two groups.

Harold Newton tried saving his neighborhood friend, but it was too late.

“I saw where she was bleeding, and I tried to apply some pressure,” Newton says.

Family members say Mayes graduated high school from Whitney Young and was dedicated to her child. Mayes’ daughter, 14-month-old Zaniya, was at the scene when gunfire erupted. There is also daycare right in the middle of where the shootout took place

“I do feel bad for that baby. That baby is going to grow up without her mother,” neighbor Salina Newton says.

Police hope neighborhood surveillance and witnesses will lead them to those involved.

A 22-year-old man was also injured in the shooting. He was struck in the hand.


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