Police say the incident happened on Lexington Avenue and East 95th Street around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday.
The 20-year-old victim was pushing a 3-month-old baby in a stroller when a man wearing a black top, hood and sweatpants came from behind and shot the woman in the head in an open space.
A 10-year-old who witnessed the murder told Eyewitness News it was a single shot.
“I just heard a loud noise. It was just a noise, but it was extremely loud, like ‘Boom! “, said the kid. “I saw a lot of people running, and then I saw a few people. Like, I see a woman down there, she fell. And at first I thought, ‘Is she okay?’ And then I saw people calling 911 and the police coming. “
The woman was taken to Metropolitan Hospital, where she died about an hour later.
Police said the baby was also taken to the hospital but was unharmed.
The shooter fled the scene, moving east on East 95th Street.
New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks at the scene of the incident after he spent the day addressing the proliferation of guns on the city’s streets.
“When a mother pushes a pram down the area and gets shot into the void, it shows how this national problem is affecting families,” Adams said. “We will find the person responsible for this terrible crime. We will find him and bring him to justice.”
No arrests have been made to date.
Police are asking for the public’s help to track down the shooter.
Call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by texting on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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