A bullet hit a 58-year-old home health care attendant in the chest as she walked down a Bronx street Wednesday, causing major organ damage and leaving her in serious condition, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC 4 New York.
The woman was walking near Pelham Parkway and Bronxwood Avenue in Allerton around 5:30 p.m. when she was hit. Police say it's too early in the investigation to determine whether the woman was targeted or an innocent bystander. She remains hospitalized.
Deborah Guzman lives in the area. She was home at the time of the shooting and looked outside when she heard the injured woman screaming.
"When I looked out the window, I saw a woman laying on the floor, screaming for help," Guzman said.
It wasn't clear how many shots were fired in total, though witnesses reported hearing two. Neighbors were fearful, saying anyone could have been hit.
"It could have been us walking or us laying on the floor," Guzman said.
Children played behind crime scene tape Wednesday night as investigators combed the area for evidence.
A K-9 unit searched the grounds of a nearby institute for a weapon, and an officer waved a magnetometer over the grass, searching for shell casings.
No suspects have been named.