Crime levels in major cities such as New York City have been spiking over the last couple years, exacerbated by coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions.
The number of shootings in New York City rose during the first quarter of 2022 compared to this same period last year even though the number of homicides declined, according to police officials. The number increased from 260 to 296. Sadly, a young mother met her fate due to gun violence in the Upper East Side of Manhattan last night.
20-Year-Old Mother Shot Dead in Upper East Side While Pushing Infant in Stroller
Last night at 8:23 p.m. local time, law enforcement was informed that there was a shooting near a primary school in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Officials arrived at the scene to find a 20-year-old mother with a gunshot wound to the head. She was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m.
Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell stated during a news briefing that the young mother was pushing her 3-month-old infant around in a stroller "when an unknown person approached her and fired a single shot into her head from a very close range.”
“Immediately after the shooting, the suspect fled the scene on foot, heading eastbound on East 95th Street,” she added. She called on the public to share any information they may have about the shooter with the NYPD.
The shooter has been described as male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. Authorities believe that he and the woman knew each other, making it a domestic incident.
Thankfully, the baby was unharmed and is in a safe place. The name of the woman and the baby have yet to be released to the general public.