A pregnant woman lost her life after reportedly trying to defuse an altercation that took place following her baby shower.
Shanice Young, 31, was killed on Sunday, September 12, after she was shot in the head, the New York Police Department said in a statement, according to PEOPLE.
According to police, the shooting took place after 1 a.m. outside of 300 W. 128th St. at Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Neighbors told CBS New York that the mother had returned from her baby shower and was taking gifts into the lobby with her current boyfriend and family when the gunman confronted them.
"[The gunman] came in chasing the boyfriend," Jose Morales, the super of the building, told New York Daily News. "They ran through here and out the other side and they ran downstairs."
The shooter reportedly ran off after Young was hit.
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"Shanice had two daughters and the third one died with her," a woman — who identified herself as Young's sister — told CBS New York.
"I helped her put her gifts in the car and I said, 'I’ll see you tomorrow,'" Young's father, Thurman Young, told New York Daily News. "She was going to have her baby in five days. She said 'This baby is coming in five days, Daddy, get ready.' I said 'I’ll be ready.' That’s the last thing she said to me."
"I just can’t sleep — I guess I’m in shock," he said. "The whole of Harlem is mourning right now."
First responders reportedly found Young "unconscious and unresponsive" at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head. She was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals in Harlem and was later pronounced dead.
A memorial for Young and her unborn daughter was set up outside the apartment building.
Police told CBS2 that Young's ex-boyfriend is the shooting suspect they are searching for.