A gunman fired wildly into a small group of people in the Bronx on Monday evening, wounding three people, including two small children, witnesses and officials said.
A 2-year-old girl, identified by neighbors only as Patience, was shot in the left temple, according to a spokesman for St. Barnabas Hospital. The girl was listed in critical condition there, and was to be taken to NewYork-Presbyterian hospital. A bullet grazed a 5-year-old girl in the neck; she was in stable condition at St. Barnabas.
The third victim, a 20-year-old man who was shot in the back, was trying to shield a pregnant woman as the gunman fired, witnesses said. He was in stable condition at St. Barnabas.
Residents said about a dozen people had gathered earlier in the evening in front of a six-story brick apartment building at 181st Street and Daly Avenue, in the Bronx Park South neighborhood. They were chatting, and playing dominoes and cards.
Shortly before 8 p.m., witnesses said, a man appeared, walking along 181st Street and carrying a weapon. Without breaking stride, he fired several times, then walked to Daly Avenue, where he turned the corner and fled.
The gunman “was firing blindly,” said Amy Carrasquillo, 32, who watched events unfold from a nearby window. Ms. Carrasquillo said people screamed and ran for cover.
Two neighbors said they believed that the gunman had been arguing with someone from the neighborhood earlier in the day.
Ms. Carrasquillo watched as the smallest victim was loaded into the ambulance.
“She wasn’t moving,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking.”