A man and a woman were seriously wounded when they were shot on a Bedford-Stuyvesant street Friday afternoon, one an apparent innocent bystander in the drive-by shooting, law enforcement sources and witnesses said.
The 29-year-old man was shot twice in the stomach near the intersection of Nostrand and Jefferson avenues, officials said. The 23-year-old woman was shot twice in the leg.
Sources said the woman appeared to be the intended target. It's not clear if she knew the other victim.
Shakur Carrasquillo, who was inside his Nostrand Avenue workplace, ran outside when he heard the gunshots, "about two, then five more after that."
"I came out of the store and I saw the man fall to the floor, and the woman hopping away," he said.
"The man was leaning up against the wall, applying pressure to the wound. I could see blood on his fingers."
The woman had been sitting on the steps of the apartment building when she was hit by the bullets, witnesses said. It's not clear why she was targeted, and police were looking for the shooter.
Both victims were taken to Kings County Hospital to be treated for the non-life threatening injuries.
Carrasquillo said violence was not unusual for the neighborhood, remarking he was "not surprised." But community activists pressed for residents to step up.
"We have to give our police department, we have to give our district attorney the power to enforce the laws. Laws have to have some teeth to them," said Tony Herbert.