A mother has been shot in the back of the head in a chilling point-blank execution while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side of New York City, just a few yards away from a playground.
Gatekeepers News reports that a manhunt is on for the murderer who killed the 20-year-old mother.
According to officials, the murder took place on a sidewalk at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 95th Street in the exclusive neighborhood, across the street from a playground filled with children.
The victim was walking with her three-month-old baby when the hooded shooter approached her and “fired a single shot into her head from a very close range,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell told local reporters.
City Council member Julie Menin, who represents the area, disclosed on Twitter that the victim was the child’s mother. Her identity has not been released pending notification of family. The baby was not injured.
Police added that the killer, dressed in a black hoodie and sweatpants, immediately fled on foot heading eastbound on East 95th Street, and remains at large, police said
A 10-year-old girl, who was at the playground with her brother and aunt when the incident occurred said, “I was really confused because I thought maybe this was fireworks. But then I realized that no, this is serious and that there was a gunshot.
“And it really frightened me because I was right there at the park playing and I never would have ever thought that would happen,” she added.
“I saw a lot of people running, and I saw a woman down there, she fell,” the girl recalled.
“I was worried but then I wanted to stay calm, because I didn’t want any interaction, and I didn’t want anything else to happen.”
Although officials are probing domestic violence as a potential motive in the shooting, it has been confirmed yet.
The shooting comes four days after US President Joe Biden signed into law legislation that marks some of the biggest changes to federal gun law in decades.
Biden during the signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, said, “Lives will be saved.”
“From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde, and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets that are mass shootings, we don’t even hear about the number of people killed every day in the streets. Their message to us was to just something,” the president said.
The new law comes in the wake of mass shootings including one at a grocery store in Buffalo where 10 black people were killed and another at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 17 children and two teachers died.