Man pleads guilty in drive-by shooting of pregnant Brooklyn teen

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Arrest made in 2017 shooting of pregnant Brooklyn teen

Tatiana Sparks, 19, is seen right. She was shot in the head in Brooklyn on Sept. 10, 2017. Police released the image of this car days later, saying gunshots came from the vehicle.

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BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn— A man with a grudge against a rival drug dealer pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting a pregnant teen in the head in Brooklyn in 2017.

Tatiana Sparks, who was 19 at the time, was shot twice in the head outside her Brownsville apartment. She and her baby survived, but she suffers from partial paralysis and permanent cognitive damage from the bullet wounds, officials said. Steven Bynum, now 38, fired multiple shots as he drove by that day.

“She was an innocent victim. She is a miracle. Her son is a miracle too,” the victim’s mother told PIX11.

Before the shooting, Bynum and others stole drugs from an unnamed man, officials said. That man retaliated; he pistol whipped and assaulted Bynum.

On Sept. 10 of 2017, Bynum spotted the rival drug dealer with a group of people on Dean Street in Brooklyn. He opened fire, but missed the man and hit Sparks instead.

Bynum faces up to life in prison.

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