Single Mother Fatally Shot While Leaving Birthday Celebration at NYC Nightclub

The family of New York City single mother Walikque Grace Faussett is grieving after the 24-year-old was fatally shot while leaving her birthday celebration in Midtown club.

A New York NBC affiliate reports that Fausett, who had a 3-year-old son, was out with friends early Monday morning celebrating her 24th birthday. She left a nightclub and was attempting to hail a cab home when a man opened fire, striking Fausett in the back and two other women, who are in stable condition. Fausett was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.

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Police say that the gunman had been turned away from the club earlier in the evening. Upon leaving, he told the bouncer that he would be returning with a gun, which he did. He appeared to be aiming for the bouncer, but struck the three women instead. He fled the scene in a dark-colored car and is still on the loose.

“Why did my daughter suffer?” Fausett’s mother, Wendi Rodriguez, told 4 New York. “Why did he kill my daughter? My first born—now I gotta bury her.”