A 14-year-old girl, who police believe was an innocent bystander, was shot in the neck when a gunman opened fire on two other teenagers in Queens on Wednesday, police and law enforcement sources said.
The gunman got out of one of two cars that were pulling up next to a group of people walking near 64-50 188 Road in Fresh Meadows and opened fire on two 18-year-old men around 4:10 p.m., police said and sources.
The girl was hit in the neck, one of the men in the hip and the other in the leg, sources said. None of the injuries are said to be life-threatening.
It is not believed that the girl was an intended target, but the shooting is still under investigation, the sources added.
The three victims were among a group of about a dozen people walking on the sidewalk ahead of the shooting, police said.
The 14-year-old was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital in critical but stable condition, police said.
Both men, who initially fled to other locations after the shooting, were taken to New York Presbyterian Queens, police said. They were also listed in stable condition.
The vehicles fled the scene and no arrests were made immediately.
Neighbor Ron, 53, said he heard an argument before the shots were fired.
“I hear the screaming and screaming, ‘Yo, I’m here! I’m here!’” he said.
“Then pop, pop, pop, pop.” The victim was “left on his back and didn’t move,” he added.
Antoine was driving by when he saw two groups of teenagers “arguing back and forth”.
“I just saw the crowd and then the shots,” he said. “One of them had a BMW, the BMW was double parked when they approached it and after that the BMW left the scene – I didn’t see it but I heard the sound of the engine.”
Vincent Hurtado, who lives a block from the shooting, said he saw the terrified girl after the shooting. He had heard the shots and told his children to come inside, he told the Post.
“I saw a lady in front of a car and she was crying hysterically and she was like, ‘Oh my god, a girl got shot,'” said Hurtado, 47.
“I saw her lying on the floor, she couldn’t move, she was in shock…her eyes were blinking, she was scared to death, I was on the phone looking at the girl calling 911. I told one of her friends to keep talking to her until the ambulance came.”
But the girl didn’t speak and looked like she was going to “pass out at the same time,” he added.
“That’s the worst. I’ve seen shootings out here in New York, but this is awesome,” Hurtado said. “It’s never happened here before. I have lived here for almost 40 years.”
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