Bullet Blasts Through Upper East Side Hospital Window; Patient Hit by Shattered Glass: Police

By Marc Santia
|  Sunday, Jun 22, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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A gunshot blasted through a double-paned window of an Upper East Side hospital Friday morning, nearly missing a 30-year-old patient inside the room, police say.  Marc Santia reports.

A gunshot blasted through a double-paned window of an Upper East Side hospital Friday morning, nearly missing a 30-year-old patient inside the room, police say. Marc Santia reports.

A gunshot blasted through a double-paned window of an Upper East Side hospital Friday morning, nearly missing a 30-year-old patient inside the room, police say. 

The bullet went through an eighth-floor window of NewYork-Presbyterian's Hospital for Special Surgery on East 70th Street shortly before 6 a.m. 

The woman in the room, who is from Long Island, was hit by shattered glass, police said. She suffered minor cuts to her cheek, ear and neck, and a hospital spokeswoman says she's in stable condition. 

Police say crime scene investigators are working to extract a possible bullet fragment from between two windowpanes. There are also bullet fragments on the floor and on the pillow that investigators will study to figure out which direction the bullet traveled, how long it traveled and possibly what kind of gun from which it was fired. 

It's not clear if the bullet was intended for the patient's rooms. 

Barbara DeVries, who was heading to the hospital for surgery on Friday, said, "I think it's disappointing for people that come to one of the best places in the world to have to worry about something like that happening." 

Neighbors say the area is normally safe, and there are frequently people flocking to the East River to take a lunch break or to jog. Judith Dent says it's been "years" since she could remember the last shooting near there. 

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