Pregnant woman shot and killed in Belmont Cragin while trying to rob someone: police

Genesis Escobar | Provided

A pregnant woman was fatally shot while trying to rob someone inside a car Monday afternoon on Chicago's Northwest Side.

At about 1 p.m., 21-year-old Genesis Escobar entered a vehicle in the 5200 block of West Montana Street and announced a robbery, police said.

During the incident, there was an exchange of gunfire between people inside the vehicle and someone outside the car.

Escobar was struck in the shoulder, back and hand, police said. She was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where was pronounced dead.


Friends told reporters at the scene that she was seven months pregnant and the baby did not survive.

"When we got to the hospital, unfortunately, the baby was not able to be saved and she passed away as well," said Iris Alvarez, who was friends with Escobar and lives near the shooting.

Alvarez said she and her daughter heard four gunshots. "We looked out the window and seen that the vehicle – someone opened the driver door, walked around the vehicle, pulled the body out and drove off," she said.

"I feel that for a person to do that to someone, doesn’t have a heart," Alvarez added.

No one is in custody as detectives investigate.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.