Pregnant woman, 31, shot and killed after her baby shower

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A pregnant woman has been shot and killed coming home from her own baby shower in New York after she stepped in and tried to break up a fight.

At around 1am on Sunday morning (local time), 31-year-old Shanice Young was taking the gifts she had received from her baby shower inside her Harlem apartment lobby when two men got into a fight.

According to local news station WABC neighbours said the two men were Ms Young's ex-boyfriend and the father of her unborn child.

The Daily News reported Ms Young tried to intervene when the fight broke out.

The shooting happened near West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. Source: Google Maps
The shooting happened near West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. Source: Google Maps

One of the men had a gun and it went off. The bullet hit Ms Young in the head and she and her unborn baby did not survive.

Ms Young reportedly had two children and one of her daughters was there when she was shot.

She was nine months pregnant.

WABC reported the New York Police Department is trying to determine who pulled the trigger and no arrests have been made.

Her father, Thurman Young, told the Daily News he was helping her put the gifts in her car and recalled the last thing she said to him.

“She was going to have her baby in five days," he said. 

"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.”

A memorial was set up for Shanice Young and her unborn child following the tragic shooting. Source: WABC
A memorial was set up for Shanice Young and her unborn child following the tragic shooting. Source: WABC

The Daily News also reported that Mr Young had three protective orders against her ex-boyfriend since the two split up.

Mr Young said he couldn't sleep and that he was in shock, and the broader community in Harlem is mourning his daughter's death.

A memorial was set up for Ms Young and her unborn child, where loved ones gathered and expressed their grief.

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