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New York police have pictured a man who is wanted over the fatal shooting of a heavily-pregnant 31-year-old, who was killed in front of her two children after her baby shower.
Justin Soriano, 40, is believed to have fired the shot that killed Shanice Young at her apartment building in Harlem at 1.16am on Sunday, the New York Police Department said.
Young was shot in the head as she tried to separate a fight between her ex - believed to be Soriano - and her new boyfriend, who was the father of her unborn baby.
Young was bringing gifts from her baby shower into her building lobby at 300 West 128 Street, in Harlem, New York when the fight broke out.
'[The gunman] came in chasing the boyfriend,' Jose Morales, the super of Young's building, told the Daily News. 'They ran through here and out the other side and they ran downstairs.'
The deceased mother's family told PIX 11 that her ex-boyfriend had been stalking her, and was lying in wait in front of her apartment.
As of Tuesday evening, no arrests have been made.
Justin Soriano, 40, is wanted by the NYPD in connection to the murder of Shanice Young
Shanice Young, 31, was returning to her Harlem apartment after her baby shower around 1 am on Sunday when she was shot during an altercation between her ex-boyfriend and the father of her unborn child
A memorial for Shanice Young, whose father said she was due to give birth in five days, was held outside her Harlem apartment on Monday
'I helped her put her gifts in the car and I said, "I’ll see you tomorrow,"' her father Thurman Young, 57, told the 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."'
Young was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived at the scene, and she was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.
The woman's family told ABC 7 that her daughters, aged 15 and six, witnessed the shooting and looked on as their mother was loaded into an ambulance.
'My heart I can’t ………. My sister really gone,' Young's sister, Metania, posted on her Facebook page yesterday
'If last night I knew was the last was the last time I get to see you I would have stayed you would have been alive,' wrote Shanice's sister, Metania, on Facebook. 'I can't believe I let him do this to you'
Police said Shanice Young was bringing gifts from her the shower into her building lobby at 300 West 128 Street (pictured) around 1.16 am when a fight between her ex-boyfriend and the father of her child broke out
Shanice Young (second from right) is pictured here with her sister, Metania (second from left) and friends in Harlem
'Shanice was a victim,' her sister, Metania (pictured), told ABC 7 at a memorial for her sister's death on Monday
'If last night I knew was the last was the last time I get to see you I would have stayed you would have been alive,' she wrote in a later post.
'I can’t believe I let him do this you.'
Young's brother, Teddy, posted pictures from the shower on his Facebook page on Sunday night.
'Tonight was beautiful, baby S can come now #familyties,' he wrote.
Young's brother, Teddy, posted pictures from the shower on his Facebook page on Sunday night
'Tonight was beautiful, baby S can come now #familyties,' wrote Young's brother, Teddy, of the shower on Facebook
'I won't tag you cause a picture worth a thousand words I love you,' he wrote in a post the next day, which was flooded with comments offering condolences.
'Come on Fam, we gotta do better than this,' wrote Young's friend, Shari Logan, on Facebook. '#ShaniceYoung of Harlem was pregnant and killed by her ex after the baby shower.'
'This was completely #senseless and #unnecessary.'
'It was a beautiful night,' Young's father told the News of the baby shower. 'Me and my daughter danced, father-daughter dance, and I cut the cake... It was packed. We had music, a lot of food, a lot of drinks.'
'This right here was a senseless shooting,' said Harlem Hospital chaplain Robert Rice to PIX. 'I’m very upset and I’m angry. I shouldn’t be angry as a clergy, but this one here has touched my heart.'