A dangerously premature baby is clinging to life in Toronto after its mother was killed in a drive-by shooting. The child was delivered via emergency C-section after 35-year-old Candice Bobb, who was around five months pregnant, was fatally shot on Sunday night, CTV reports. She was a passenger in a car that was shot at several times from a passing vehicle when the driver stopped to drop off another passenger. "It's a travesty," says Mayor John Tory, per the National Post. "My heart goes out in particular to her baby. No baby should come into this world without a mother."
"We're all kind of in shock," says Toronto Police Superintendent Ron Taverner. "The whole city is outraged that this can happen." The baby was in stable condition on Monday, but experts say that any baby out of the womb so early faces very tough odds, the Toronto Star reports. Much will depend on exactly how old he or she is. Babies born at "less than 22 to 23 weeks don't have a realistic shot of survival" because their lungs are so immature, says a Hospital for Sick Children neonatologist. But "each baby is an individual in her own right," he says. "Some babies do a little bit better than the predicted probability and other babies do worse."