Woman shot in head while in Staten Island lobby was likely innocent bystander

FOX HILLS, Staten Island (WABC) -- A woman who is believed to be an innocent bystander is in critical condition after she was shot in the head on Staten Island Monday.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called it a "terrible incident," saying, "this poor woman" was "shot in the head and is really in grave condition this morning."

The 52-year-old victim was standing inside the lobby at 185 Park Hill Avenue with her 26-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter just before 7 p.m. when a car drove by and a person fired out the window.

Authorities say it was drive-by shooting targeting a group of people standing in front of the building, with bullets also going into two apartments, one hitting a TV. Four parked vehicles were also struck.

"One of the bullets penetrated both lobby door windows and struck our victim in the head," NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said. "Currently, our victim is on life support. No brain activity."

The woman was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital, where she is currently on life support.

Shea said it is "an area that is plagued by some gang activity," including two recent shootings that do not appear related.

"One closed with an arrest, one somebody actually shot themselves, and this being the third," he said.

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No one else was injured, and no arrests were made.

There is no suspect description or a motive at this time. Police say there was a white SUV, a Kia Sorrento, that circled the locations several times before the rear driver side passenger discharged several rounds.

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They say the same vehicle was at a recent shots fired incident not far away.

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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