Shot in the head of a mother as she pushes a baby stroller provokes an outcry from the mayor of New York

A 20 year old woman was shot in the head Wednesday night while pushing her baby girl in a stroller on the Upper East Side, police said.

The woman was near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 95th Street around 8:30 p.m. when she was shot, police said in a statement. She was taken to Metropolitan Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The 3-month-old baby was not injured, police said, but was taken to hospital for medical evaluation. Julie Menin, municipal councillor, representative of the territory, said on Twitter that the victim was the child’s mother. His identity has not been released pending notification from the family.

“More guns in our city means more lives lost,” Mayor Eric Adams said during a news conference at the site of the shooting. “It means more babies are crying because the ones who love them are dead.”

New York, like many other US cities, has faced growing concern over violent crime, although NYPD statistics show shootings are down about 12% and murders down 13% to this year, compared to the same period last year. But the killings remain at their second highest level since 2012.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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