NEW YORK — A man who allegedly shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death as she was unloading gifts from a car after her baby shower on Sunday has been arrested, the NYPD said Thursday.
Justin Soriano, 40, was taken into custody in the Bronx Thursday morning, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a news briefing. He faces charges including second-degree murder in connection with 31-year-old Shanice Young's death, Essig said.
"This incident shocked the conscience of this city," he said.
Young, who was eight months pregnant, was unloading gifts from a car in front of a building on West 128th Street, near Frederick Douglass Boulevard, in Harlem around 1 a.m. on Sunday when Soriano approached and began arguing with her current boyfriend, Essig said.
As the argument escalated, Soriano started chasing Young's current boyfriend, he said. After he tried and failed to shoot her current boyfriend, Soriano turned the gun on Young, shooting her in the face.
Young was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, where she was pronounced dead, the NYPD said. Her baby did not survive either, Essig said.
Four children were inside the car Young was standing near when she was shot, according to Essig.
"As of right now, I can't say for certain if they're her children. We believe two of them are her children, but on the other two, I can't say," he said.
Soriano has at least 17 prior arrests, for offenses ranging from drug possession to resisting arrest, Essig noted.
His attorney information wasn't immediately available Thursday.