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Mother, 20, is shot dead execution-style on New York’s Upper East Side 

A young mother was shot dead 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.

The murder occurred at around 8.23pm Wednesday, 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, officials said. 

The 20-year-old 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 reporters.

The unidentified killer immediately fled on foot heading eastbound on East 95th Street and remains at large, police said. 

The Manhattan neighborhood is the most affluent in New York, with average house prices at an eye-watering $1.5million and private school fees exceeding $58,000 per year.

Horrified children at the nearby playground witnessed the horrific shooting, and one girl described hearing a loud ‘boom’ that she quickly realized was a gunshot. 

A 10-year-old girl, who was at the playground with her brother and aunt, told DailyMail.com that she heard an ‘extremely loud boom’ and saw a woman fall to the sidewalk.

‘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,’ the young witness said. 

‘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.’

The murder occurred at around 8.23pm on Wednesday evening on a sidewalk at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 95th Street, steps from a playground

The execution-style killing occurred across the street from the Samuel Seabury Playground (above), which was filled with children who witnessed the horrific shooting

The execution-style killing occurred across the street from the Samuel Seabury Playground (above), which was filled with children who witnessed the horrific shooting

The Manhattan neighborhood is the most affluent in New York, with average house prices at an eye-watering $1.5million and private school fees exceeding $58,000 per year

The Manhattan neighborhood is the most affluent in New York, with average house prices at an eye-watering $1.5million and private school fees exceeding $58,000 per year

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell (center) and NYC Mayor Eric Adams (right) brief the press on a shooting after a woman walking her baby was shot dead on the Upper East Side

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell (center) and NYC Mayor Eric Adams (right) brief the press on a shooting after a woman walking her baby was shot dead on the Upper East Side

A mother has been shot dead in a chilling point-blank assault while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side of New York City

A mother has been shot dead in a chilling point-blank assault while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side of New York City

One 10-year-old girl, who was at the playground across the street, said she heard an 'extremely loud boom' and saw a woman fall to the sidewalk

One 10-year-old girl, who was at the playground across the street, said she heard an ‘extremely loud boom’ and saw a woman fall to the sidewalk

Mayor Eric Adams blamed the shooting on the ‘over-proliferation of guns’ and said that criminals have ‘no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers.’ 

The shooter was described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Police offered no further description of the killer.

The woman was rushed to nearby Metropolitan Hospital, where she died within an hour. The baby was also taken to the hospital for evaluation but was unharmed. 

Officials are probing domestic violence as a potential motive in the shooting, but have not yet confirmed such a connection. 

‘We can’t confirm that at this time, it’s under investigation,’ Sewell told reporters when asked if the father of the baby is suspected in the shooting.

Police are withholding the identity of the victim pending family notification.

The area where the shooting occurred is an affluent and normally quiet neighborhood where violent street crime is less common than in many other parts of New York. 

Across the street from the murder scene is the Samuel Seabury Playground, which was filled with children who witnessed the horrific shooting. 

Officers respond after a mother was shot in the head point-blank on an UES sidewalk

Officers respond after a mother was shot in the head point-blank on an UES sidewalk

The shooter was described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants

The shooter was described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants

Another area resident, an adult male, said that while the area used to feel safe, violent crime had seemed to be increasing.

‘I wasn’t surprised to be honest, because I feel like this is starting to happen more and more often, all over the city,’ he said. 

‘So it’s not that much of a shock to me unfortunately, that’s a sad thing,’ the man added. 

‘This area felt safe even all hours of the night, and definitely not anymore,’ he said. ‘There’s not much I can do, I already avoid being out real late at night, when there’s not too many people around.’ 

Mayor Adams called the shooting a ‘horrific crime’ and vowed that the perpetrator would be found and brought to justice.

New York Mayor Eric Adams (center) called the shooting a 'horrific crime' and vowed that the perpetrator would be found and brought to justice

New York Mayor Eric Adams (center) called the shooting a ‘horrific crime’ and vowed that the perpetrator would be found and brought to justice

Investigators work the scene after a woman was shot in cold blood on an UES sidewalk

Investigators work the scene after a woman was shot in cold blood on an UES sidewalk

The area where the shooting occurred is an upscale neighborhood where violent street crime is less common

The area where the shooting occurred is an upscale neighborhood where violent street crime is less common

In remarks to reporters, Adams blamed the shooting on the ‘over-proliferation of guns and how readily accessible they are.’ 

‘There is just no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers and this is the result of that,’ said Adams, a Democrat who took office in January on a platform of curbing violent crime. 

‘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,’ he continued.

‘The over-saturation of guns, and dangerous people that repeatedly leave our criminal justice system to continue actions like this, it is what’s making the New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies…difficult to fight this issue,’ he added.

New York City’s 19th police precinct, where the shooting occurred, is generally among the safest in the city. Last year, the precinct recorded just two murders, and until Wednesday had not seen a murder so far in 2022.

The precinct is one of the most densely populated residential areas in Manhattan, and includes the mayor’s residence, Gracie Mansion.

It also encompasses a stretch of Madison Avenue with some of the city’s most upscale shopping options. 

Police stage at the elementary school down the street from where the shooting occurred on Wednesday evening

Police stage at the elementary school down the street from where the shooting occurred on Wednesday evening

Citywide, major crimes in New York are up 38 percent so far this year compared to last year

Citywide, major crimes in New York are up 38 percent so far this year compared to last year

However, NYPD data shows that crime is on the rise in the 19th Precinct, as it is across the city. 

So far this year, major crimes are up 44 percent in the precinct from the same period one year ago, with robbery up 60 percent and felony assault increasing by 23 percent.

The precinct has recorded 1,162 major crimes so far in 2022, compared to 805 incidents in the same period last year.

Citywide, major crimes in New York are up 38 percent this year compared to last year, with robbery up 39 percent, burglary rising 34 percent, and felony assault jumping 19 percent.

However, murders are down 13 percent from last year, and shooting victims have dropped 9 percent, gains that Adams and police officials attribute to a push to get illegal guns off the streets. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact NYPD detectives at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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