A pregnant woman was shot and killed outside of her baby shower Sunday while trying to break up a fight between her ex and her new boyfriend.Shanic
A pregnant woman was shot and killed outside of her baby shower Sunday while trying to break up a fight between her ex and her new boyfriend.
Shanice Young, 31, was shot in the head outside of West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem at about 1.15am, according to the New York Police Department.
She was allegedly eight months pregnant and carrying gifts from her baby shower into her building with the help of her boyfriend when her ex showed up, according to the New York Daily News.
Police have not named the men who were allegedly involved in the incident.
‘[The gunman] came in chasing the boyfriend,’ building super Jose Morales, 46, told the Daily News.
‘They ran through here and out the other side and they ran downstairs.’
The shooting took place Sunday morning at W128th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem
Her current partner and her ex took the fight outside, where Young was shot after she tried to intervene, according to police.
The NYPD says Young was transported to Harlem Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead.
The police department is still investigating the shooting and no arrests have been made as of Sunday afternoon.
The Daily News describes her as a mother of two, while sources told WPIX that she was a mother of four.
‘She was just a beautiful person,’ Morales said. ‘It’s so sad, I wish it would have never happened.’
Friends told the Daily News that Young moved into the building about a year ago to take care of her sibling and sick mother, who later died of cancer. They say Young raised her younger sibling and her own children for the past year.
The latest shooting comes amid a surge of gun crime in New York this year.
The number of shootings is up 3.8 percent year-on-year, with 1,086 incidents in 2021 in the year to September 5, compared to 1,046 in the same period last year.
The number of shooting victims is is 1.7 percent, at 1,305 compared to 1,283 in 2020.
Rape, felony assault, larceny and car theft are all also up throughout the city compared with last year.
Felony assault has seen an increase of 5.5 percent, with 770 more cases in the same time period.
Overall crime is down, driven by a decline in murder and robbery compared to 2020 – but rape, shooting victims and felony assaults are all up throughout New York City
Overall crime is now dropping, but it was on the upswing in May, June and July – which made for a summer of headline-grabbing incidents that led to Mayor Bill de Blasio blaming the courts for not processing criminals fast enough.
‘In fact, the number of overall index crimes reported in the city through the end of August is the lowest tally for the first eight months of any calendar year since the start of the modern CompStat era nearly three decades ago,’ the police department said last week, referring to current system for tallying crime numbers.
During one of his daily remote press conferences last month, de Blasio revealed that in the first half of 2021, there were only 18 trial verdicts across the five boroughs, compared to 405 during the same time in 2019.
State courts outside New York City have produced 118 trial verdicts during the first eight months of the year.
‘That isn’t good enough,’ the mayor said, after heaping praise on the New York City Police Department for making a record number of gun-related arrests, and highlighting the work of community activists.
A spokesman for the court system accused the mayor of ‘gaslighting’ the public with his accusation.
‘Yet again, the mayor demonstrates his glaring lack of understanding of the criminal justice process in this state,’ said Lucian Chaifen, director of communications for the Office of Court Administration, in a statement.
‘His gaslighting rhetoric regarding court operations in an attempt to shift the public safety discussion continues.’
The spokesperson argued that the court system has been back at full strength since May, and rebuked prosecutors and defense attorneys for not being prepared to try their cases.
But Chaifen acknowledged that because of social distancing requirements, only three trials can now be held simultaneously in each county, compared to up to a dozen before the pandemic.