Man shot during attempted carjacking in Queens

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
FOREST HILLS, Queens (WABC) -- A 51-year-old man was shot during an apparent attempted carjacking in Queens Monday night.

The incident happened on 72nd Road in Forest Hills, where police say the victim was shot around 9:30 p.m. after two men had demanded his car.

"My neighbor said, 'Please call 911, my husband has been shot," neighbor Gary Waldinger said. "They have two kids, and they were there. I can't even imagine how they are processing it."

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Waldinger and his wife say they heard a loud pop -- loud enough that they knew something was wrong.

But the is not a neighborhood prone to violent crime, so they ran to their window.

"We're all sitting home, the family's in bed, getting ready for the next day, and then boom, and your whole life can change," neighbor Susan Mental said. "I just hope he's OK. I just hope he's OK."

Police say the two suspects were wearing gray hooded sweatshirts and had pointed their guns at the victim, who refused to give them his car.

He was shot in the wrist and grazed in the chest and was said to be conscious and alert as he was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

Neighbors say the family had just returned from a holiday vacation.

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No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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