MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx (PIX11) — An innocent bystander died and another was injured in a shooting in the Bronx Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident happened on 138th Street near Brook and St Ann’s avenues in Mott Haven at around 12:35 p.m., according to the FDNY.

“Two males got into a dispute. One male pulled out a firearm and fired multiple shots at the other,” said NYPD Assistant Chief Benjamin Gurley.

Two women who were innocent bystanders in the street were shot, Gurley said. A 71-year-old woman was shot in the back and rushed to the hospital but could not be saved, police said. The other victim, 34, was shot in the arm.

“My condolences go out to those families who are suffering the loss of a loved one today, a 71-year-old woman, a senior from this community who was standing there minding her own business,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. “This has got to stop.”

Thursday’s double shooting came on the third straight day of gun violence in the neighborhood. A woman was grazed by a bullet on Wednesday, and on Tuesday, an 8-year-old boy was hit in the leg during a shooting.

Gurley, who supervises all police activity in the area, said that the shootings this week — all injuring or killing innocent people who were not targeted — may be related.

“There’s a crew nexus to them, a gang nexus,” Gurley said.

In the Tuesday and Wednesday shootings, police have made arrests. In Thursday’s gun crimes, there have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Mira Wassef is a digital reporter who has covered news and sports in the New York City area for more than a decade. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.