A woman walking with her newborn in New York City was fatally shot in the head, police say.
On June 29, a 20-year-old woman pushing her 3-month-old daughter in a stroller on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was fatally shot in the head.
According to police, at around 8:20 p.m., a male assailant dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants approached the victim and fired at her. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
The victim’s baby reportedly was unharmed in the incident.
The day after the murder, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that officials “strongly believe it was not a random shooting” but rather a “targeted” attack, CNN reported.
The New York Post identified the victim as Azsia Johnson and claimed she told relatives via text that she was to meet the baby’s father — her ex-boyfriend, now considered a person of interest in the case who police are looking for — the night of the shooting because she “felt bad” he didn’t know their baby.
Lisa Desort told the publication that her daughter was “an exceptional young lady” who wanted to become a pediatric nurse, and alleged Johnson was the victim of domestic violence while pregnant.
“We called the precinct numerous times to tell the [domestic violence] unit that [the ex] was stalking and harassing her,” Desort claimed. “Even [though] they knew what apartment he lived in, they failed to apprehend and arrest him. The city failed to protect my daughter.”
“He was stalking her to the point he knew when she was discharged from Mount Sinai hospital with her daughter,” Desort told the Post, alleging her daughter attempted to “keep safe” at one point by living in a domestic abuse shelter but “somehow [her ex] found out where my daughter lived.”
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