The young mother, who was shot while pushing her 3-month-old baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side, was the victim of domestic violence – and police want to speak to the child’s father in connection with the murder, the family and the law speak Enforcement sources said on Thursday.
The victim, identified by her mother as 20-year-old Azsia Johnson, wrote to relatives that she had planned to meet the father of her child on Wednesday night, the sources said.
“She was targeted. It was a point-blank headshot and there were powder burns,” a senior police source said.
Johnson had been attacked by her ex-boyfriend in Jamaica, Queens, about six months ago while she was six months pregnant with his child, her heartbroken mother, Lisa Desort, told The Post.
After the altercation, Desort said the ex-boyfriend continued to “stalk” and molest her daughter. They called the police for help but he was not arrested, she claimed.
“We called the precinct several times to say so [domestic violence] unit that he pursued and tormented her. Even [though] They knew in which apartment he lived, they could not arrest and arrest him,” the mother continued.
“The city failed to protect my daughter.”
The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Law enforcement sources confirmed that Johnson had previously been the victim of a domestic violence incident and that her death by shooting was “domestic” in nature.
Investigators are trying to speak to the ex in connection with the murder and he is believed to be a person interested in the killing, the sources said.
At around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson was walking her toddler in a carriage near the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 95th Street when an attacker, wearing a black hoodie and sweatpants, shot her once in the head and fled.
She was taken to Metropolitan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The child was unharmed.
Desort, who was too distraught to speak on the phone, texted her daughter “an extraordinary young lady” with big dreams.
“She worked hard and dreamed of becoming a pediatric nurse in the near future,” Desort wrote.
Johnson lived with her mother and sisters in an apartment in the Bronx but had been in and out of the shelter system over the past year, according to police sources and a neighbor in the building.
“Last night someone came and told her mother … and she just started screaming, ‘My baby is dead, my baby is dead!’ … then they all left,” said the neighbor, who did not want to give his name.
“Azsia only had this baby three months ago. She is a beautiful little girl.”
On Thursday morning, police were seen towing a Lexus SUV with an apparent bullet hole over the front right wheel arch that had been parked overnight near the crime scene.
The vehicle’s owner, Julio Cruz, 62, hopes it will help police officers track down the killer.
“The officer said the hole in my car was the size of a bullet and the bullet is probably still in the car,” Cruz told the Post, adding that he didn’t see the hole Wednesday afternoon.
“They will inspect the car and try to find the bullet… I hope they find something that will help this case.”
https://nypost.com/2022/06/30/young-mom-shot-dead-in-nyc-victim-of-domestic-violence-cops/ Young mother shot dead in New York victim of domestic violence: police officers