A young woman was killed and her husband was wounded by gunshots while they were pushing their 3-year-old son's stroller late at night, a burst of violence that authorities said wasn't random.
Nazish Noorani and her husband, Kashif Pervaiz, were walking the few blocks from her sister's home to her father's house in Boonton, a small suburban town, on Tuesday night when gunfire erupted on a dark street, authorities said.
Noorani, of New York City, was killed, and Pervaiz was shot four times, police said. He told authorities there were three attackers, according to his childhood friend Hyder Khan.
Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi said Wednesday that the shooting "appears to be target-specific" and that there was no danger to the general public.
Pervaiz was alert and talking when he was taken to a hospital, family members said. The couple's other child was at home at the time of the shooting.
Noorani was a native of Karachi, Pakistan, while Pervaiz was originally from Brooklyn, the family said. The couple married six years ago in Boonton, a suburb about 30 miles from New York City that has a large Pakistani-American population.
Family members said Pervaiz graduated from Columbia University and is studying for a doctoral degree in architecture and engineering at Harvard University, but neither school was able to confirm those claims Wednesday.
Friends of Noorani said Pervaiz said he ran a construction company.
The shooting occurred in a quiet, hilly neighborhood of tidy single-family homes where, some neighbors said, people feel safe enough to leave their doors unlocked.
Noorani was wearing traditional Pakistani clothing at the time of the shooting, but family members and police said they didn't believe it was a bias crime.