A young mother of a 3-month-old infant has been identified as the latest victim of fatal gun crimes in NYC.
According to the NYPD, the 20-year-old woman was shot once in the head at point-blank range by a suspect who approached her from behind at Lexington Avenue and East 95th Street around 8:25 p.m. The baby was left unharmed.
First responders found the woman unconscious at the scene and rushed her to Metropolitan Hospital where she was pronounced dead about an hour later. The gunman, dressed in a black hoodie and sweatpants, fled up East 95th street on foot, according to police. He was still being sought early Thursday. One shell casing was recovered at the scene and police were canvassing the area for video.
Addressing the press, Mayor Eric Adams said from the scene, “When a mother’s pushing a baby carriage down the block … and is shot at point-blank range — this shows just how this national problem is impacting families and doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn”.
Adams vowed the gunman would be tracked down and arrested. “We’re going to find this person that is guilty of this horrific crime,” Adams said. “We’re going to find him and bring him to justice. We just need the justice system to make sure this innocent person receives that justice that we’re asking for.”
Adams, in a tweet after his remarks, said in part, “More guns in our city means more lives lost. It means more babies crying as those who love them lie dead. We cannot allow this epidemic to keep claiming lives.”