A 19-year-old woman took a stray bullet to the head in Wynnefield Heights Tuesday night when police say a man running from two gunmen tried to get into a house where she was babysitting.
The woman collapsed just inside the doorway of the house, on Aberdeen Street near Parkside Avenue, and was pronounced dead there at 9:19 p.m., according to Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division gave this account of the shootout, which started just after 9 p.m.:
Two men, one wielding a 9mm handgun and the other with a .45-caliber weapon, were chasing a man south on Aberdeen Street, shooting at him. The man they were chasing ran onto the porch of a house in the middle of the block and attempted to get inside when the 19-year-old woman, who was babysitting seven children between the ages of one and 11 at the time, opened the door and unknowingly walked into the gunfire.