PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police say a woman died after she was found shot Sunday night in the city’s Perry South neighborhood. Her 7-month-old child was found nearby.
Officers were called to the intersection of Strauss and North Charles Streets around 11:15 p.m. They found the victim in a grassy area.
Police say she was shot twice after parking her car at the side of a building near her home. Even with gunshot wounds to the neck and chest area, she pulled her child out of the car and ran across the street where she collapsed.
The victim was transported by paramedics to Allegheny General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. She has since been identified as 26-year-old Nicole Dailey.
Terra Lee Walker, a childhood friend of the victim, was grief stricken when she stopped by the crime scene on Monday afternoon. She can’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt her friend.
“She was beautiful inside and out, a smile that would light up the room. She loved church, she loved God, she loved her family,” Walker said.
Police say Dailey’s 7-month-old child was picked up by a Good Samaritan. The child did not appear to be injured, but was taken to Children’s Hospital as a precaution.
“A baby that will never see her mom,” said Walker. “So many people losing their lives for no reason.”
Angela Williams heard the gunshots last night, but she didn’t know the victim. She says neighbor’s can no longer stand by and do nothing.
“People need to speak up about what’s going on and take a more active role in our communities, or else people will continue to come in and kill women and children unnecessarily,” she said.
Williams is president of the neighborhood organization, Charles Street Area Council. She says criminals must be held accountable.
“Knowing that you can shoot somebody and get away with it is reason enough to do it,” Williams said. “There’s nothing to stop someone from doing it if they think they’re not going to be held accountable, and people who know and see what’s going on don’t speak out against it.”
There is no information on a possible suspect or motive. Anyone with information is asked to call the Violent Crime Unit at (412)-323-7800. Callers can remain anonymous.