Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 6, five people were shot to death in Allegheny County, three of them in Pittsburgh, with the most recent—the shooting of 26-year-old Nicole Dailey as she held her 7-month-old daughter in her arms—igniting a firestorm of outrage and stunned disbelief.
“Where does that mentality come from to shoot a young girl holding a baby?” said Valerie Dixon, executive director of the Prevent Another Crime Today Initiative, based in Pittsburgh. “How do you reach somebody who would even think to do that?”
“Where does that mentality come from to shoot a young girl holding a baby? How do you reach somebody who would even think to do that?”While the motive for the Aug. 6 deadly shooting along North Charles St. near Strauss St. on the North Side is unknown, Dixon believes it could have been a domestic situation.
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“I don’t know the details, but it appears to be domestic, but that domestic violence awareness piece is one thing that isn’t being addressed. You hear about cases where people say later on, ‘Oh yeah, he seemed really angry.’ Don’t tell me that. Why didn’t you say something at the time? People need to pay closer attention.”
Pittsburgh artist and activist Kimberly Ellis posted a similar opinion on her Facebook page calling for “Justice for Nicole.”
“She was purposefully gunned down, this was not an accident. And statistics say it was likely someone she knew, intimately. What a horrible start to her daughter’s life,” Ellis wrote on Facebook.
Dailey was shot multiple times near her car at about 11 p.m. Police said she tried to run but only made it a few feet before collapsing in a grassy area. A good Samaritan picked up her daughter, Nia, who was unharmed.