A YOUNG mom pushing her baby in a stroller sent one final, chilling text to her family before she was shot dead earlier this week.
Azsia Johnson, 20, was shot in the head around 8.30pm on Wednesday while pushing her three-month-old daughter in a stroller in New York City.
In one of her final text messages, Johnson told a family member she was meeting with the 3-month-old's father "to work things out," police told ABC7.
"I knew it was going to come to this, and I told my daughter this," Lisa Desort, mother of the victim, told ABC.
"For some reason, she felt like she needed to be tracked, so she text her sister and said, 'This is my location, just in case.' "
The New York Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that Johnson was pushing the stroller on the Upper East Side of Manhattan when someone approached her and shot her in the head in what is believed to be a targeted attack.
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Police have said that the hooded man, wearing all black, shot her from behind, at point-blank range.
She was found unconscious at the scene and taken to Metropolitan Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to multiple sources. Her baby remained unharmed.
The 22-year-old father of her three-month-old, who has a criminal record, is now a person of interest, according to CBS.
She also has a one-year-old son.
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Johnson was allegedly a victim of domestic violence and a complaint was reportedly filed against the child's father in January when she was pregnant with their daughter, according to Desort.
"The city failed my daughter because on January 1, my daughter called me and said she was being abused while she was six months pregnant," Desort told NBC New York.
Two senior NYPD officials confirmed to NBC that one report was filed as recently as this past January.
"She was scared to call the police so she gave me the address. I called police," said Desort.
Police responded and made sure Johnson was safe according to Desort. Johnson had come to live with Desort after the incident, according to NBC.
Eventually, she ended up living in a domestic violence shelter, NBC said.
"I tried to protect my daughter in every way. She had to leave my house, she couldn't live there because he knew where I lived," Desort said.
"I kept telling her, 'He's no good.' "
"He kept harassing her, and threatening my life and my younger daughter's life," she continued, adding that she genuinely was in fear for Johnson's safety.
Police said they couldn't track down the baby's father who was allegedly abusing her.
The alleged abuser is different from the father of the infant Johnson was walking when she died, according to NBC.
He reportedly has family in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens that he may have been hiding out with during that time, according to ABC7.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Thursday, per ABC7, "We strongly believe it was not a random shooting. We will catch the person responsible."
Police have said they are looking to question the infant's father in the case and they are considering domestic violence as a motive.
However, no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made. The Sun reached out to NYPD and no updates have been announced as of yet.
Desort has shared a message with NBC for the family's suspected killer, "Turn yourself in. This is what we have been telling you — turn yourself in. Go to counseling. You didn't have to hurt my daughter. We could have been a family."
The shooter was last seen running eastbound on East 95th Street, police said. One shell casing was recovered at the scene and police are looking at surveillance footage.
Desort, told NBC that her daughter "graduated high school with merits, with the inspiration of becoming a pediatric nurse."
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"She had a child early and she was the most wonderful mother that you can imagine. She was hard working," Desort said.
"She worked every day. She's got more credit than a 30-, 40-year-old person has. She aspired to have houses and give her children the best of everything."
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