Woman caught in crossfire, struck by bullet while walking down street in Jamaica, Queens

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Thursday, July 7, 2022
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A woman was recovering Thursday after she was caught in the crossfire of an apparent gun battle while walking down the street in Queens.

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- A woman was recovering Thursday after she was caught in the crossfire of an apparent gun battle while walking down the street in Queens, one of two bystanders wounded a block apart in separate incidents that may be connected.

The 32-year-old woman told police she was walking on 142nd Street in Jamaica just before 8 p.m. Wednesday when gunmen in two separate cars began shooting at each other.

She was struck in the abdomen and was taken to Jamaica Medical Center.

"I'm so sorry for her," witness Ganesh Loaknauth said. "I hope she makes much better and makes it through, because it's sad."

Police say the woman was sitting in a chair when they arrived at the scene, and she remains hospitalized.

About two hours later on 143rd Street, a 17-year-old let a group of friends in her house. Unbeknownst to her, one of them had a gun that went off inside, hitting the teenager in the foot.

"All of a sudden a gun shot off, and my baby got shot in the foot," said the girl's mother, who didn't want to be identified. "They came to the house, and they rang the bell. My daughter let him in because she knows him. She went school with him."

Moments later, the shot was fired.

"The gun went off," the mother said. "One of her friends had a gun. She didn't know he had a gun."

As police arrived and searched, they said armed suspect attempted to climb a fence and flee.

He was taken into custody, and police are looking to whether he was also involved in the first shooting.

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