New York- A suspect is still at large after shooting a 20-year-old woman at a close range in the upper east side area of Manhattan.
According to the New York Police Department, a woman pushing a 3-month-old baby in a stroller was shot dead at point blank range near the mansion of New York’s mayor. The police spokesman confirmed that the suspect is still at large even though the fatal incident occurred in a high-security area.
The investigation is still ongoing as the identity of the slain woman has not been released in public until proper notification to the respective family has been done.
The Commissioner of the New York Police Department Keechant Sewell conducted a press conference here on Wednesday in which she claimed that the nature of the relationship shared by the deceased woman and the suspected killer is under investigation.
The NYPD Commissioner stated that without any knowledge putting the blame on “over saturation of guns” in the Big Apple is not justified until it is cleared in the investigation.
The shooting incident took place on a sidewalk outside a public school in a wealthy neighborhood of Manhattan. The area is blocks away from the Gracie Mansion, which is the residence of New York City’s Mayor.
According to the reports, police officers received a report of a person being shot at 164E, 95 Street at around 8:23 p.m. On arrival, they discovered a young female of 20 years lying unconscious on the ground with blood gushing out of her wound. She was immediately transported to the metropolitan hospital where she was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m.
The investigators had revealed that the woman was pushing the stroller and was out for a walk when an unknown man came close to her and fired one single shot from point-blank and fled the scene on foot.
The eyewitnesses have described the suspected killer as a male wearing black sweatpants and a sweatshirt that was hooded.
The commissioner has asked people of the neighborhood to come forward and give information and tips regarding the cold murder as their identity will be kept confidential.
The mayor stated “This entire day we have been addressing the problem of the over-proliferation of guns on our streets, how readily accessible they are, and how there’s just no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers. This is a result of that,” giving a reference to the latest incident.
“These are real stories, real lives of when a mother’s pushing a baby carriage down the block, or an individual, a woman is pushing a baby carriage down the block and is shot at point-blank range, it shows just how this national problem is impacting families,” Adams said.
“It doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn, the over-saturation of guns and dangerous people that repeatedly leave our criminal justice system to continue actions like this, it’s what’s making the New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies here in New York, across the country – and across the country – difficult to fight this issue.”