‘Not a Random Attack’: Woman Shot Dead on East Village Sidewalk Was Walking Home From Work

A woman found shot to death on the sidewalk in Manhattan’s East Village early Thursday morning was walking home from work at IHOP when she was shot.

Witnesses said that a masked gunman came up behind Imani Armstrong and shot her in the back of the head before fleeing north on Irving Place, the New York Post said.

She was pronounced dead on the scene at about 5 a.m., as CrimeOnline previously reported.

Sources told the Post that the suspect and a woman, both dressed in black, were seen running from the scene, but the woman may have been fleeing from the gunfire.

Police said that the shooting was not random.

“The individual was targeted,” Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said. “We have a number of suspects that we’re looking at, but nothing we want to commit to right now. But I’m very comfortable saying it was not a random attack.”

The Post spoke with Armstrong’s coworkers at the IHOP who said their colleague, who was also an exotic dancer who performed under the name “Red,” had a string of trouble lately.

Her wife had recently served her with divorce papers, coworkers said, and she moved out of their shared apartment about a month ago. Additionally, they said, her children were in foster care in Staten Island, and she was taking anger management classes to help get them back.

“She was happy,” one coworker said, describing Armstrong just before she left work Thursday morning. “She was greeting the customers and all that stuff.”

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