A grandmother who was struck by a stray bullet in Queens left the hospital on Saturday, nervous sick in regards to the slug nonetheless lodged at the back of her neck — and mad as hell at “the children” who opened fireplace throughout a combat on a residential avenue nook.
“I’m indignant with the children. They don’t know nothing about life,” the 76-year-old gunshot sufferer advised The Publish, as she walked slowly towards the elevator from her third-floor hospital room.
“No person must be shot whereas strolling or driving down the road.”
The South Jamaica girl had simply dropped her granddaughter off and was driving dwelling Friday night time when she noticed an enormous group of teenagers gathered outdoors the Household Greenback retailer at Foch and Man Brewer boulevards.
It was 10:30 p.m., and there have been perhaps 100 youngsters or extra, all between 12 and 18 years previous, mentioned the lady, who requested to not be recognized by title.
“Together with women!” she mentioned. “Numerous them! I can’t imagine it.”
She may see the youth of their faces, she remembered. And so they have been preventing.
“The police have been coming so I moved over to allow them to cross,” she remembered. “Then I heard a increase. It didn’t sound like a gunshot. It sounded, perhaps, like I rolled over a can, or bottles.”
Then she felt one thing behind her neck, excessive up, close to her head.
“I felt it hit me. It was fast,” she mentioned. “Then I put my hand behind my head and I felt the blood.”
Cops known as an ambulance, and he or she was rushed to the hospital.
“I’m simply grateful I’m alive,” she mentioned as she was discharged after her in a single day keep.
“I’m too previous for this.”
She’s additionally grateful that her granddaughter hadn’t nonetheless been within the automotive.
“My grand child,” she mentioned, a far-away, wistful look in her eye.
“The bullet got here by means of the window proper the place she sits behind me at the back of the automotive. I had simply dropped her off at her father’s home.
“Thank God she wasn’t there in that automotive as a result of I wouldn’t need to know what the end result could be,” she mentioned as she left the hospital.
She walked gingerly towards her son’s ready automotive.
“The cops have been telling me they picked up a number of the youngsters,” the son advised The Publish, additionally asking to not be named.
“However I mentioned, allow them to do their job. I simply need to go handle my mother. I simply need to be certain my mother was okay.”
He, too, is “indignant on the youngsters.”
“They don’t know higher,” he mentioned, sounding like his mom.
“They don’t know nothing about life.”
The bullet within the girl’s neck is lodged in too delicate a spot to be safely moved instantly, she mentioned docs advised her.
“Two week’s from now, they’re going to take an x-ray,” she mentioned.
It’s suspended in delicate tissue and didn’t strike her vertebrae or spinal wire, she was advised.
“However the physician says it might probably transfer, it might probably journey,” she mentioned, with fear in her voice.
“I don’t know what this bullet gonna do to me,” she mentioned, earlier than they drove off.