EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — For the second time in four days, stray gunfire has claimed a victim.
As was the case when a woman was struck by stray bullets last weekend, the victim in the latest case is a grandmother. However, unlike the last shooting, the most recent stray gunfire victim survived, even though she sustained critical injuries to her colon and other parts of her body.
Police report that Yvonne Mowatt, 49, was hit by three bullets after gunfire rang out around 8:40 Monday night at the Cypress Hill Playground. The shots hit Mowatt in her left shoulder, her back and her side.
"I heard like two sets of shots, maybe like five shots," said one nearby resident, who did not want to identify herself.
When the gunfire stopped, Mowatt ended up on the ground under the jungle gym in the playground on Euclid Avenue. She was transported in critical but stable condition.
Some people who frequent the park said they were surprised that an episode like this hasn't happened sooner.
"I've seen [people] shooting before" on a nearby street, said Tony Guy, a local resident. It happens "all of the time," he told PIX11 News.
Last Saturday night, at another city playground, on West 144th Street and Malcolm X Blvd., another grandmother, Odessa Sims, 61, was killed when stray gunfire in the playground struck her.
Her family mourns now as they prepare her funeral. Meanwhile, at the scene of the latest stray gunfire shooting, another emotion is shown by some people in the neighborhood.
"I feel in fear," said a mother, who did not want to be identified. "I think the best place for my child is in my apartment," she said. "I wouldn't bring him here" to the playground.
In both cases, the NYPD is still looking for whoever is responsible. Investigators ask that anyone with information, anonymously click here https://a056-crimestoppers.nyc.gov/crimestoppers/public/tip-form.cfm or call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.
The tip line does not record any personal information of callers, and there is a reward of up to $2,000.