MOTT HAVEN, The Bronx (WABC) — Police are investigating after two innocent bystanders were shot in the Bronx, leaving a 71-year-old woman dead and another injured.

Gunfire erupted after 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the corner of E. 139th Street and Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, striking the victims.

Police marveled at the brazenness – the outright disregard for humanity at the center of a beef between members of rival gangs in broad daylight.

“Two males got into a dispute. One of the males pulled out a firearm and fired multiple shots at the other,” Asst. Chief Benjamin Gurley of the NYPD Patrol Bureau Bronx said. “Those bullets struck two innocent people standing out on the street.”

One of them was a 71-year-old woman waiting to cross the street with her back turned to the gunfire. She fell with a bullet in her back.

A nurse ran for cover at first, but then tried to render aid.

“I heard 3 shots and I ran. When I ran, everybody else ran. When I came she was on the floor I gave CPR,” one witness said.

But she died at the hospital.

Another bullet hit a different woman in the arm. She had been standing with her friend when the shooting started.

“I didn’t see where it started. I just heard gunshots down there. I told her we have to run. She stood there. I ran,” another witness said.

The other victim, a 34-year-old woman, was shot in the left arm while selling food out of a cart. She was taken to the same hospital, where she is in stable condition.

“This is our community. We own this community. We cannot allow this to continue to happen,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.

It’s the third incident in as many days in the NYPD’s 40th Precinct where innocent bystanders have been caught in the crossfire. Those three incidents involved four victims, ranging in age from 8 to 71, who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

An 8-year-old boy was shot at 5 p.m. on Tuesday along Beekman Avenue.

On Wednesday, a 38-year-old woman was grazed in the arm while standing outside the Mott Haven Houses located at 383 E. 143rd Street just after 7 p.m.

Cops believe at least two of the cases involve the same two gangs, fighting over who knows what.

“Historical beef for the most part. Territory, various things. Just groups not getting along,” Gurley said.

Police are flooding the neighborhood with resources, hoping to cool off the violence but the neighborhood is getting fed up.


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