3 people hurt in 2 Bronx shootings that appear linked, NYPD says

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A woman and her 13-year-old daughter were shot inside a Bronx bodega just moments after a woman was shot walking her dog blocks away. N. J. Burkett has the story.

CROTONA, Bronx (WABC) -- A woman and her 13-year-old daughter were shot inside a Bronx bodega just moments after another woman was shot walking her dog blocks away, and authorities believe the incidents are linked.

Police say 46-year-old Beatriz Jimenez and her teenage daughter Jehieli Duran were struck when gunfire erupted outside the store on Southern Boulevard around 8:45 p.m.

The shots were fired outside the store during a dispute but went through the windows, and Jimenez was grazed in the chest while Duran was shot in the hand.

Both were taken to Jacobi Hospital and are expected to recover, but their survival was measured in millimeters.

"It was very scary," Duran said. "I just see a guy run right past me with a white shirt and little braids, and I was like, why is he running? In seconds, I hear a bullet, and I go down and I just ran to the back. And I'm yelling, 'Mom, mom, mom, are you alright?' And I just see my siblings. They're all crying. And then my dad notices my hand is bleeding, and that's when I saw my thumb, that I got shot."

She credits her mother for shoving her to the floor and saving her life.

Two men took off on bicycles, and police were looking for them.

Minutes before the gunfire erupted at the bodega, a 22-year-old woman walking her dog on Bristow Street suddenly felt pain in her left leg and realized she had been shot.

She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.

Detectives believe that gunfire is linked, though no arrests have been made in either case.

As workers taped over a bullet hole in the bodega, some neighbors questioned how safe it is to live there.

"It makes me feel scared," Shaquasha Cloud said. "I want to leave. I'm going to be moving soon."

Another resident recently lost someone close to her to gun violence. Swahili Kimmins says people need to start speaking up.

"None of us are here forever," she said. "This is just...We're here temporarily. None of us deserve to die by gun violence. We're tired. And we let it go on for too long, not saying nothing because people are scared."

A third woman who heard the gunshots says her son moved and wants her to do the same. He is worried she could become the next innocent victim.

"He said, 'Ma, I don't want it to happen to you," Rosalyn Harden said. "Because I'm always sitting outside, but for that to happen to that little girl and that mother, that's a shame."

The incidents came amid another violent night in New York City in which 14 people were shot, including one fatally in Harlem.

The shootings include:

-- A 74-year-old woman shot in the stomach while sitting on a park bench outside the city-run Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn

-- Four young men shot, including a 16-year-old shot in the head, in Brownsville, Brooklyn

-- A 32-year-old man shot in the chin in Chelsea, a bullet also struck an unmarked NYPD vehicle

-- And the one homicide, a 34-year-old reputed gang member, fatally shot outside a city-run apartment complex in Harlem

ALSO READ: 74-year-old bystander shot in Brooklyn in violent night across city

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