Stray bullet kills 92-year-old grandmother

October 21, 2009 9:20:22 PM PDT
The search for a gunman continued after a stray bullet hit a 92-year-old woman inside her home in the Bronx on Tuesday "When someone is in their 90s, you expect this but not like this -- not at the hands of some punks," Sharon Venroy said.

After an exhausting trip from Virginia, Venroy hugged her mother's neighbors, John and Mary Fields.

They tried to save her mother's life and later broke the news that Sadie Mitchell, 92, was murdered.

"I'm trying to hold it together. Displaying anger doesn't help anyone," Venroy said.

Police believe a group of kids got into a fight outside Mitchell's East 224th Street home around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon.

The elderly woman was cooking dinner, getting ready to watch game shows, when a bullet burst through her first floor window hitting the widow in the back.

"She said 'Mrs. Fields get over here. I been shot,'" Mary Fields explained.

"She was on the floor by the window. My wife yelled for an ambulance down the street," John Fields said.

It was too late. Mitchell was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center.

Police littered the area with crime stoppers signs on Wednesday, urging anyone with information to come forward.

Mitchell lived in the Williamsbridge home for more than 50 years.

Even when her husband died more than 20 years ago, she refused to move.

Despite age and ailment, she loved volunteering, her neighbors and her home.

"A well-known person. A selfless person. Not many of those around," her daughter said.

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