NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a suspect after they say a woman was gunned down in front of a bodega in the Bronx.
It happened late Monday night on East 149th Street near Jackson Avenue in Mott Haven.
Family members identified the victim as 36-year-old Shaquana Button from the Bronx.
Investigators say she was inside of the bodega when she got into an argument with a man. The altercation then continued outside on the sidewalk where police say the man pulled out a gun, shooting Button once in the face.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The reality of the loss was still not real for Button’s aunts.
“She was beautiful, beautiful young lady,” her aunt, Ruth Mitchell, told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “I don’t know what happened here last night. I know I came this morning and she was on the ground.”
“It hurts so bad,” said her aunt, Loretta Coombs. “That was my baby.”
Friends said the victim had recently struggled to get over a bad breakup, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
“She was out here trying to change her life, she had so many obstacles that she overcame and for her to lose her life to someone like this. It’s horrible,” one friend said.
“That’s all they do is shoot around here all damn day. They’re punks,” one woman said.
Her aunts lit candles in memory of Button, who was planning to celebrate her birthday in less than two weeks.
Meanwhile, crime scene investigators spent hours at the scene collecting evidence as they work to identify the suspect.
So far, police don’t have a specific description, but say he ran off from the scene and was last seen dressed all in black clothing, Burrell reported.
The investigation is ongoing.