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Pregnant Woman Shot Twice During Robbery at CVS Near SMU Campus

SMU increasing police patrols across campus

A pregnant woman is in critical condition after being shot during a robbery at a CVS store Saturday morning near the Southern Methodist University campus, police say.

University Park Assistant Police Chief Jim Savage said Sunday the mother and her baby, who was delivered Saturday afternoon, remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Savage said the gunman remains at-large, and investigators are following leads and examining video surveillance taken from the shopping center. He said investigators hope to be able to release the video at a later time.

University Park police responded about 6:39 a.m. to a report of an armed robbery with shots fired at the CVS located in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane, a police news release said.

Investigators said the woman, who was eight months pregnant, was working at the store when she was confronted by an armed man demanding money. He shot her twice before running away from the store empty handed, police said.

A second store employee inside the building at the time was not hurt, police said.

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Police released this surveillance image of the person suspected of aggravated robbery at a CVS on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Investigators described the armed robber as being 6 feet tall and wearing heavy, dark-colored winter clothing with a hood. His face was covered, police said.

Police released a surveillance image of the man Saturday afternoon. Anyone with information about him is asked to call police at 214-564-4148 or 214-987-5354.

No arrests have been made as of this writing.

SMU said police patrols increased across its campus. Anyone with information that can help police was asked to call 911 or the university's police department at 214-768-3333.

People who work in the stores in the strip near the CVS had mixed reaction to the shooting. Some recognized the woman who'd been shot. Others said it left them on edge. 

Carter Latham said it's not the first time the shopping center has been targeted for crime. 

"It's unfortunate. I feel sorry for the lady who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn't witness any of it, but it's too bad things had to happen the way they are," Latham said.

Roly Poly, which is a few doors down from CVS, will be matching tips from the week up to $1,000 to help with the victim's recovery.

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