Caught on camera: Woman struck by stray bullet in Brooklyn

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N.J. Burkett reports that police are continuing to search for the gunman.

A woman was walking across the street in Crown Heights when bullets when flying.

She was hit by a stray bullet and is in the hospital.

Eyewitness News has obtained the exclusive video of the incident as police continue to search for the shooter.

"I feel sad, bad. You know, it's crazy!" said Natalie Valentine, a Crown Heights resident.

Valentine was there, and the gunshot could very easily have struck her.

In surveillance video, the victim had no idea what was about to happen. She approached the street corner, and casually stepped off the curb. That's when, suddenly, she was knocked to the ground by a stray bullet.

Seconds later, bystanders came running, and police were on the scene in less than a minute.

Paramedics later confirmed that the woman was struck with a single shot to the knee.

"She was screaming, yelling. People came to her, the ambulance came and picked her up and took her to the hospital," Valentine said.

The video shows a person who appears to be the victim passing a row of storefronts with her hood-up moments before the shooting.

Investigators believe the bullet was intended for someone else, perhaps a young man on the opposite corner seen running seconds after the shot was fired.

It happened at 9 p.m. on Monday night, at a time when Utica Avenue was still bustling with residents returning home from work.

Neighbors tell Eyewitness News that in the 48 hours after the shooting, officers have been posted outside the victim's apartment building, just steps from the scene.

What sparked the gunfire was still not clear, and the gunman remained at-large.

"It's sad it's sad. I pray to God for her family and that everyone is in good health," a resident said.

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