Girl, 8, looks on as mom shot dead in Joliet

February 24, 2010 8:09:23 AM PST
A mother was shot and killed in her car early Tuesday morning as her 8-year-old daughter watched from the back seat.

Nichole Rodriguez, 28, was gunned down sitting in the passenger's seat of the car in a Joliet driveway just after midnight, reportedly hit twice in the torso. Joliet firefighters brought Rodriguez to Silver Cross Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 12:56 a.m.

Police are searching for two men who reportedly approached her car and opened fire.

The girl and the woman's 20-year-old stepsister, who was also in the car at the time of the shooting, were uninjured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.