Harlem mom fatally shot after her baby shower trying to break up fight between her ex and boyfriend

SEP 12, 2021  5:36 PM

A pregnant Harlem woman was fatally shot in the head after her baby shower early Sunday trying to break up a fight between her ex-boyfriend and current lover, police and heartbroken relatives said.

Shanice Young, 31, was slain in front of her two children after leaving the shower at a catering hall near her home, witnesses and police said.


“I helped her put her gifts in the car and I said, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow,’” her shocked father Thurman Young, 57, told the 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.”

Young was carrying presents from the shower into her apartment building on W. 128th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd. when her ex showed up and confronted her boyfriend about 1:15 a.m., police and witnesses said.

“[The gunman] came in chasing the boyfriend,” said Jose Morales, 46, the super of her building. “They ran through here and out the other side and they ran downstairs.”

The two men ended up back on the street, where Young intervened, trying to make peace between the two men, according police. Her angry ex pumped a bullet into her head, police said.

Her two daughters, ages 15 and 6, watched in horror from the car as EMS rushed Young to Harlem Hospital, where she died.

The shooter ran off and has not been caught. The News is not naming him because he has not been officially identified as a suspect by police.


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