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Stray Bullet Hits Man Playing Dominoes In The Bronx

July 26, 2019 - 10:19 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Fourteen innocent bystanders have been shot on New York City streets in the past two months.

The most recent incident happened Wednesday night on Sherman Avenue just behind the criminal courts building in Concourse Village in the Bronx.

A young man is seen on surveillance video running and shooting a gun. One of the bullets struck a 51-year-old man playing dominoes on the sidewalk.

Carmen Santa heard the gunshots.

“I heard two 'boom boom.' I thought it was firecrackers. Like I got dogs, they are scared with the firecrackers,” she said, adding that the neighborhood children usually play in the spray from a fire hydrant during the time of the shooting. "Only God knows when things happen. Thank God the kids weren't in the street."

The victim was treated at Lincoln Hospital for a gunshot wound to the torso.

This happened on the same day a 13-year-old was shot on a park bench in a Bed-Stuy playground.

On Sunday, an 11-year-old boy was shot in the leg in an East Harlem deli.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says most of the shootings are related to gang violence, “Only several thousand in a city of 8.6 million were causing most of the real violence. Slowly, but surely we are getting more and more of them off the streets, but we got to complete that mission.”

The mayor calls the situations heartbreaking.