NBC New York
The 81-year-old grandmother shot in the cheek while in her East New York apartment is expected to be all right but now her neighbors are saying more needs to be done to keep people safe in their neighborhood. John Noel reports.
An 81-year-old Brooklyn woman is in serious but stable condition after she was hit in the face Wednesday evening by a bullet that went through her window.
Police said the woman, identified as Agrapina Camacho, was sitting in her living room inside a two-story apartment building in East New York when a small-caliber bullet went through a living room window and hit her cheek.
It happened at about 5:30 p.m.
Sources told NBC New York the woman is the grandmother of a police officer on Commissioner Ray Kelly's security detail.
The victim's son was at home when the bullet struck his mother.
"She started saying, 'I was hit, I'm hit, I'm hit, I'm hit,'" Freddie Camacho told NBC New York. "And that's when I ran out of my room and came in.
"The bullet is large and hit right here," he said, pointing to his left cheek. "It never hit the skull or anything, and she never lost consciousness. She'll be all right."
He attributed her strength to raising nine children.
The shooter and intended target were not clear. Police are investigating.
Area residents said the shooting highlights the problem of stray bullets flying through the neighborhood. One woman said she wanted to see bulletproof glass put up in the area.
"It's crazy, they argue all the time about it, but they don't do anything about it," said Deborah Arthur.