Sunday around 11 p.m., a mother of four was fatally shot in the Bronx.
The victim, identified as Claudia Millan, 29, was shot in the face in her apartment on Park Avenue near 179th Street in Tremont. She collapsed on the street while still clutching her 2-year-old son's hand, police said.
Michael Escobar, a friend and neighbor of Millan, was outside when he heard the gunshots and suddenly saw Millan's son Jamir.
I see the kid leaning over her, and she's there on the street, said Escobar. I call him over, I said, 'What's the matter with your mother?'
Escobar called 911. Rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, Millan was pronounced dead. Her son, Jamir, was not harmed by the shooting.
Juba Lassiter, Millan's husband and the boy's father, said, All she cared about was taking care of her kids. Somebody took that from her.
Millan has total of 4 children, an 11-year-old son, who is blind, an 8-year-old daughter, a 7-year-old son and Jamil. The gunshot happened as family members were watching the other three children.
Millan's brother, Antonio Millan, said Jamir knows what he saw, despite his young age. He was reenacting the event of shooting.
He keeps asking for his mom. He's pointing at his head. He's pulling the trigger. He knows his mom is no longer here, Antonio said.
Millan's children had been told their mother had died. They are confused, and the oldest son burst out crying, according to Clarissa Lassiter, Millan's sister-in-law.
According to family members, Claudia's dream was to become a nurse. Millan was a licensed nurse's assistant but had been unemployed.
No arrests have been made so far. The police have not disclosed whether they would use the surveillance cameras outside the retail stores on Park Avenue.
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