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Innocent Bystander Dies in Construction Site Shooting: NYPD

The victim was a 53-year-old grandmother who was working at the construction site, police said

What to Know

  • Two construction workers were shot at a construction site in Brooklyn, police say
  • Gunfire occurred around 11:42 a.m. at West 23rd Street Street, police officials say, adding they do not believe it was a random shooting
  • A 47-year-old man was shot in the foot and a woman in her 40s was shot in the chest, she died, authorities say

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a shooting at a construction site in Brooklyn Monday morning, innocent victims caught in gunfire between two men arguing with each other, police said. 

Police said two men were fighting on West 33rd Street on Coney Island just after 11:30 a.m. when one of them fired shots at the other and then ran off. 

Two construction workers nearby were injured in the crossfire, a 47-year-old man shot in the left leg and 53-year-old woman shot in the stomach.

A coworker drove the two victims to a nearby fire station for help, and EMS transported them to hospitals. The woman, identified as Dorothy Dixon of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital. The man is in serious but stable condition at Lutheran Hospital. 

Witnesses described an SUV taking off from the scene, but police say the suspect they're looking for fled on foot. 

"I'm shocked," said Amaria Vasquez of Coney Island. "It's normally safe, it's been OK around here."

The suspect is described as wearing a tan jacket and blue jeans. NYPD Chief of Detectives said he doesn't think the shooting was random, and the gunman knew the person he intended to target.  

Dixon's daughter spoke with News 4 New York Monday night. 

"The last time I spoke to my mom was this morning," said Minnie Scott. "When she left, she was like 'All right, I will see you later.' She said, 'I'm gonna bring the kids back some stuff,' and that was it." 

"She always make sure everybody was OK, especially her grandkids," said Scott. "She love her grandkids, she would do anything for them."

Scott said she hasn't told her 3- and 7-year-old children that their grandmother isn't coming home and has no idea how to tell them.  

"Somebody so loving and caring, for you to do something like that to them is wrong, and I hope when they catch them, justice is served," she said.  

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