A 20-year-old woman pushing a baby in a stroller was shot in the head at close range and killed Wednesday night on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, police said.
Authorities believe the victim and the shooter knew each other, calling it a domestic incident, and they’ve identified a person of interest they want to speak with, a senior law enforcement official said. The 3-month-old was not harmed, police said.
The woman is believed to be the child’s mother, several law enforcement officials told CNN. Authorities determined she was temporarily living in a building several blocks away, which is a women’s shelter, one of the officials said.
The assailant approached the woman as she pushed the stroller and shot her once in the head around 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of East 95th Street and Lexington Avenue, police said. The shooter, described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants, left on foot along 95th Street, police said.
“A woman is pushing a baby carriage down the block and is shot in point-blank range. It shows just how this national problem is impacting families,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference Wednesday night.
“It doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn,” he said.
Officials “strongly believe it was not a random shooting” and “the victim was targeted,” the mayor added Thursday morning.
Investigators learned the child’s age and details about the woman from domestic incident reports on which her name appears, the official said. The reports include her name, those listed as former boyfriends and the name of a second child who was not with her at the time of the shooting, one official said. Her name has not been released publicly.
An exact cause of death will be up to the city’s medical examiner, but a preliminary investigation determined the woman suffered a single gunshot wound to her right temple, from a bullet that exited and was recovered from a nearby parked car, the official said.
Adams declined to say where the baby was Thursday, saying city officials were in touch with family members.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.