A busy Bronx street burst into chaos after gunfire struck an innocent woman on the sidewalk on East 188th Street near the Grand Concourse.
Juana De-Perdomo, 61, was hit in the back by a bullet outside a Fordham Heights deli shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. According to authorities, a fight broke out between 2 groups of men, and numerous guns were drawn. Someone fired shots, striking the victim.
Before the cops arrived, the suspects had fled. Officers discovered her heavily bleeding and took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The murder of a bystander in the Bronx prompted the police commissioner to denounce the continuing gun violence.
“I don’t subscribe to ‘This is New York and this is the way that it is’ because it’s not,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. “We’re doing everything to prevent and deter this violence.”
Shootings in the 46th Precinct have increased by 100%, while overall violence has increased by 32%.
It’s the 2nd such tragic event in less than a week, following the 12-year-old Kade Lewin’s murder in Brooklyn.
Police have not published a description of a suspect, and no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.