On Wednesday night in Manhattan, a mother who was stroller-pulling a baby was fatally shot in the head at close range, according to authorities.
The three-month-old child was unhurt, and authorities told CNN on Wednesday that it was unknown what kind of relationship the 20-year-old woman had with the child.
The incident occurred shortly after 8:20
“A woman is pushing a baby carriage down the block and is shot in point blank range. It shows just how this national problem is impacting families,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said during a news conference. “It doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn.”
The shooting occurred shortly after New York Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled a legislative package intended to strengthen the state’s gun restrictions.
The Democratic governor’s action comes in response to last week’s decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn a century-old New York state statute that restricted the carrying of a concealed firearm outside of the home.
According to Hochul, a conceptual agreement has been reached that expands open carry gun prohibitions in sensitive areas, including as government buildings owned by the federal, state, and local governments, hospitals, and daycare centers, as well as parks, zoos, playgrounds, and public transportation. According to Hochul, the legislation would also provide protection for educational institutions and houses of worship.
Hochul stated at a news conference on Wednesday that the Supreme Court judgment was a temporary setback for the country.
Following the start of a special legislative session, Hochul stated that she intends to sign the measure on Thursday.
According to officials, the state is also engaged in other gun control initiatives, including litigation brought by New York City and the New York Attorney General’s Office against ten businesses that provide components for so-called “ghost guns.” The lawsuit seeks to hold distributors liable for the spread of mail-order parts used to create untraceable guns that cause shootings.