FRESH MEADOWS, Queens (PIX11) — Three teens, including a 14-year-old girl, were shot in Queens on Wednesday, police said.
They were wounded in a drive-by shooting near 188th Street and 64th Avenue, police said. The girl was shot in the neck. The other victims — 18-year-old boys — also suffered gunshot wounds to their legs. They’re all expected to survive.
According to police, two vehicles rolled up on a group of about a dozen boys and girls. Some of them attend nearby Francis Lewis High School.
Police said words were exchanged between the group of teens and the suspects in a gray car. That’s when someone hopped out of the vehicle and began firing.
Fresh Meadows resident Vincent Hurtado said he was inside his apartment when he heard the gunshots ring out about 4:30 p.m. He told his son to get inside after hearing the gunfire.
“I heard gunshots,” Fresh Meadows resident Vincent Hurtado said. “I told my son ‘come inside.'”
Hurtado told PIX11 News he rushed outside, and recognized teens from the neighborhood. One of those teens, a 14-year-old girl, was “laying down on the floor.”
“She looked like she was ready to pass out,” he said. “She was in shock. She said that she couldn’t move her legs. I immediately called the ambulance. I called the cops.”
Hurtado said, in his 30 years of living in Fresh Meadows, he’s never seen a shooting. The NYPD’s crime statistics tell a similar story: In the past year, the 107th Precinct has only recorded three shooting incidents.
Wednesday’s crime left two newer Fresh Meadows residents, David and Sabrina Smart, on edge.
“My alert is up now,” David Smart said.
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