Suspect charged in fatal shooting of mother in New York City who pushed stroller

In a statement Friday night, police said 22-year-old Isaac Argro was charged with murder and criminal weapons possession in connection with the deadly shooting. Authorities have identified the victim as Azsia Johnson.

Police told CNN that Argro has requested a lawyer, although CNN does not yet know the name of his legal representation.

The suspect approached Johnson and shot her once in the head Wednesday night at the intersection of East 95th Street and Lexington Avenue, authorities said. The suspect then fled on foot, police said.

Johnson was 20 years old. The three-month-old, believed to be Johnson’s child, was not injured.

In a statement following the arrest, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Johnson’s family is “in pain, they deserve justice and we will deliver it.”

A woman pushing a baby in a stroller was shot dead on Manhattan's Upper East Side.  Authorities think she knew her attacker

Authorities have said they believe the victim and gunman knew each other and called the shooting a domestic incident. Adams said at a news conference earlier this week that officials believed Johnson was the target.

Investigators were able to learn the child’s age and other details about Johnson from reports of domestic incidents where her name appeared, an official previously told CNN. The reports include her name, those listed as former boyfriends and the name of a second child who was not with her at the time of the shooting, CNN reports.

The mayor previously declined to say where the baby was after the shooting, but added that city officials were in contact with relatives.

The murder comes amid a New York City attempt to curb gun violence and renewed talks around the plague after high-profile shootings, including massacres at an upstate New York grocery store and a Texas elementary school. In the wake of those shootings, President Joe Biden signed the first major federal gun safety bill passed in decades late last month.
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“A woman pushes a stroller down the street and is shot at close range. It shows how this national problem affects families,” Adams said at a news conference after Johnson’s fatal shooting. “It doesn’t matter if you’re on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn.”

In January, the mayor unveiled a “blueprint to end gun violence,” with long-term goals to increase economic opportunities, improve children’s education and increase access to mental health care while tackling the gun crisis. And earlier Wednesday, authorities in the state announced they were filing lawsuits against so-called ghost gun shops to try to hinder the proliferation of mail-order components used to make untraceable weapons that lead to shootings.
On Friday, New York City government Kathy Hochul signed a law banning the concealed carrying of firearms in locations such as government offices and schools. That comes after a Supreme Court ruling last week overturned the state’s age-old law that imposed restrictions on carrying concealed handguns outdoors.
Last month, the governor also signed a legislative package to tighten the state’s gun laws, including a law raising the minimum age for buying a semi-automatic rifle to 21.

Pervaiz Shallwani, Jason Hanna and Brynn Gingras of CNN contributed to this report.

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