Woman, 20, shot dead while pushing baby in stroller in New York’s Upper East Side


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A 20-year-old woman was fatally shot Wednesday night in New York’s Upper East Side while pushing her baby in a stroller, police said.

Police said a man wearing a black sweatshirt and sweatpants approached the woman near the corner of East 95th Street and Lexington Avenue and shot her at point blank range before fleeing.

When officers arrived, they found the woman with a gunshot wound to the head. EMTs took her to a hospital five blocks away, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Police did not immediately release the victim’s name and said an investigation was ongoing. When contacted by the Washington Post early Thursday, a public information officer for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) said there were no updates.

News of the brutal killing was trending on social media early Thursday. Some Twitter users seemed surprised that it happened in the Upper East Side, an affluent Manhattan neighborhood — although the exact area where the victim was shot is on the border between the Upper East Side and East Harlem — while others have argued that there is a double standard in response to gun violence affecting more affluent parts of the city.

New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) said the murder shows how gun violence can affect all families, whether they’re “on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn.”

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At 8:23 p.m. local time, law enforcement was responding to a report that someone had been shot across the street from 164 E. 95th St. near an elementary school and playground, Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said during a news conference late Wednesday.

They arrived and found the 20-year-old woman unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head. Paramedics rushed her to the nearby Metropolitan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m

Sewell said a preliminary investigation found “that the 20-year-old victim was pushing an approximately 3-month-old child in a stroller on East 95th Street when an unidentified person approached her and fired a single short-range shot in her head.” “

“Immediately after the shooting, the suspect fled the scene on foot heading east on East 95th Street,” she added, urging the public to share with the NYPD any information they may have.

City Councilman Julie Menin, who represents the borough where the shooting took place, said the baby was in good condition and confirmed the victim was the baby’s mother. She said the incident could be related to domestic violence.

The mayor said the killing highlighted the danger of “the proliferation of guns on our street.”

New York police say the total number of shootings in the city is down from a year earlier — although the latest data shows crime has increased in each of the seven categories indexed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Police recorded 45 homicides in New York in May, compared to 41 at the same time last year.

New Yorkers are increasingly concerned about crime and how to stop it – a debate that will also dominate November’s midterm elections. It was a central theme of the recent mayoral campaign, in which Adams, a former police officer, vowed to crack down on gun violence. Since then, he’s made public safety a priority as New York tightened its gun laws in response to high-profile mass shootings.

The US Supreme Court last week struck down a New York state law mandating a special necessity for carrying a gun, a ruling that will likely make gun-carrying easier in some of the country’s largest cities.

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James Brien

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