Azsia Johnson, Shot and Killed While Pushing Baby in a Stroller…
It was reported on Wednesday night, June 29th, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, 20-year-old Azsia Johnson was shot and killed while pushing her three-month-old baby in a stroller.
Johnson, who was from Staten Island, was pushing her three-month-old daughter in a stroller when an unknown man approached her and shot her in the head at the intersection of 95th Street and Lexington Avenue at 8:30 p.m. The gunman then fled the scene. Her three-month-old daughter was left unharmed.
At the time, Johnson was residing at the women’s shelter that was situated just several blocks from where the incident occurred. She was rushed to the nearest hospital where she was pronounced dead no more than one hour later.
Ebony Paulin, a family friend of Johnson, told CBS, “Azsia didn’t deserve this and I don’t think nobody would want to hurt Azsia because she’s a good person.”
The unknown gunman has been identified as Isaac Argro, 22. He is the father of the three-month-old daughter. He was dressed up in black sweatpants and a dark hooded sweatshirt when he murdered the mother of his child at point-blank range and fled the scene by foot.
Argro became a person of interest after the investigators were not convinced that this was a random shooting. The NYPD had obtained CCTV footage of the deceased meeting with Argro before the shooting. According to a family member, Johnson wanted to fix their unstable relationship because she wanted Argro to be part of their daughter’s life.
Still on Azsia Johnson’s death…
Lisa Desort, Johnson’s mother, told news reporters, “I knew it was going to come to this, and I told my daughter this and, for some reason, she felt like she needed to be tracked, so she text her sister and said, ‘This is my location, just in case.’”
Although homicides and shootings in New York have reduced from previous years, the city has had 624 shooting cases this year. Mayor Adams has continued to try to reduce gun violence in New York City.
Earlier on Wednesday, June 29th, it was announced that the state and city law enforcement, along with Mayor Adams, are filing lawsuits against so-called ghost gun retailers with the intention of stopping them from mailing components that can be used to make untraceable guns.
In response to the shooting and loss of life, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, “The oversaturation of guns endangers people and it doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn.
” Adams, accompanied by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, also said, “This entire day we have been addressing the problem of overproliferation of guns on our street[s], how readily accessible they are and how there is just no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers. This is the result of that”
Kathy Hochul, New York State Governor, announced that there would be an updated legislative package that will tighten the gun laws in the state.