Suspect charged in fatal shooting of New York City mother who was pushing a baby stroller
In a statement Friday evening, police said 22-year-old Isaac Argro was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the fatal shooting. Authorities have identified the victim as Azsia Johnson.
Police told CNN that Argro has asked for a lawyer, though CNN is not yet aware of the name of his legal representation.
The suspect approached Johnson and shot her once in the head near the intersection of East 95th Street and Lexington Avenue on Wednesday night, authorities have said. The suspect then left on foot, police said.
Johnson was 20 years old. The 3-month-old, who is believed to be Johnson’s child, was not harmed.
In a statement after the arrest, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Johnson’s family “is hurting, they deserve justice, and we will deliver it.”
Authorities have said they believe the victim and the shooter knew each other and called the shooting a domestic incident. Adams said in a news conference earlier this week officials believed Johnson was targeted.
The mayor previously declined to say where the baby was after the shooting, but added city officials were in touch with family members.
“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,” Adams said in a news conference following Johnson’s fatal shooting. “It doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn.”
CNN’s Pervaiz Shallwani, Jason Hanna and Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.