Manhattan's Upper East Side neighborhood in New York City is known for luxury boutiques, high-end real estate, and world-class museums. However, the posh neighborhood was the scene of an atrocious crime on Wednesday night. A young mother pushing her 3-month-old baby in a stroller was shot and killed.
Around 8:25 p.m., a 20-year-old mother was fatally shot at point-blank range in the affluent Upper East Side. The woman was shot and killed while pushing a baby stroller near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 95th Street.
The suspect – who was dressed in a black hoodie and sweatpants – approached the woman from behind, according to police. The suspect fired one shot into the woman's head, then fled on foot. The baby was unharmed.
First responders found the mother unconscious. She was rushed to Metropolitan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m.
The search for the gunman is ongoing.
Law enforcement told CNN that the victim and shooter knew each other, and authorities are calling the deadly execution-style shooting a domestic incident.
CNN reported that investigators learned details about the woman and her children from domestic incident reports. Police have reportedly identified a person of interest whom they want to speak to, according to a senior law enforcement official.
A 10-year-old girl playing at a nearby playground told the New York Post that she initially thought the gunfire was fireworks.
"But then I realized there was a gunshot. And it really frightened me because I was right there at the park playing and I never would have thought this would have happened," the girl said.
Councilwoman Julie Menin tweeted, "To think that this incident happened in front of a school with a mother pushing her baby in a stroller is beyond comprehension. My prayers are with the victim's family. This tragedy is simply unspeakable and this violence must stop."
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) blamed the crime on guns.
"We lost a 20-year-old woman on the Upper East Side tonight," Adams wrote on Twitter. "She was pushing a stroller when a gunman took her life. 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."
Adams said during a press conference, "When a mother is pushing a baby carriage down the block and is shot at point-blank range, it shows just how this national problem is impacting families."
"This entire day, we've been addressing the problem of the overproliferation of guns on our streets," Adams said. "There is just no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers."
"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."
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