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Innocent Woman Shot in Head While Chatting With Family in NYC Lobby: Sources

People in the lobby scattered when gunfire erupted; once it stopped, relatives came back to find their loved one bleeding on the ground

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A New York City woman is fighting for her life after she was shot in the head as she chatted with family members in the lobby of a building Monday evening, authorities and law enforcement sources tell News 4.

Police firmly believe the 52-year-old woman was not the target of the drive-by shooting on Staten Island's Park Hill Avenue around 7 p.m., sources say. She had simply been having a conversation with family when they heard up to five shots fired on the street. The people in the lobby scattered; when the gunfire stopped, relatives found the woman bleeding on the ground. Family members led responding officers to her. She is not expected to survive.

Crime scene investigators were at the scene for hours gathering evidence, placing evidence markers on the ground where bullet casings were found. There are reports of bullets going into at least two apartments, according to police.

The only potential lead is the description of a black car seen driving away from the scene. Investigators are looking for any cars in the area around the time of the shooting. The neighborhood has a history of gang violence, but it's not clear if that motivated this shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

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