NEW BRIGHTON, Staten Island (WABC) -- It is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 57-year-old Marino Stocco from Italy was caught in the middle of a fight that had nothing to do with him. Stocco was visiting Staten Island to see a museum, instead he is in the hospital after being shot.
The hail of gunfire broke out just before 1 p.m. Sunday at Mahoney Playground in New Brighton. Stuck in the crossfire was Stocco.
"I heard 'pow, pow, pow!' I thought it was like some fireworks or whatever. So when I bend down and look out the window, I see a lot of kids running," says Staten Island resident Tysnon Adams.
Police say the victim saw two people running before being hit in the left shoulder - as he was walking to a museum from the Staten Island Ferry. More than a half dozen shots were fired.
There were many kids in the park as violence was escalating, but they made it out just in time.
Tourist from Italy gets caught in crossfire while visiting Staten Island museum