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Exclusive: Brooklyn Grandmother Shot In Face Speaks With CBS 2

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Agripina Camacho (credit: CBS 2)

Agripina Camacho (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An 81-year-old grandmother shot in the face by a stray bullet has left Brookdale University Hospital, and granted an exclusive interview to CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Police say around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Agripina Camacho was hit in the cheek while she was inside her Brooklyn apartment watching television.

“When I looked down, to the floor, I saw so much blood, that’s when I started, I became hysterical,” Agripina Camacho said. “I called my son, and said, ‘Freddie! Freddie! Freddie! They’ve shot me’!”

Several members of the Camacho family joined Agripina at her bedside, including a Freddie’s son Louis, a detective assigned to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s personal detail.

“Could’ve been way different. Way different. I’m just glad she’s still with us,” said Freddie Camacho.

The only time Agripina Camacho choked up was when I reminded her the family said, she was not going back to that apartment:

“It makes me suffer a lot, that I have to leave my apartment,” said Agripina.

Yvonne Smith, Lorraine Giarappa, and Debra Canterbury are three of the nurses who cared for her:

“We were terrified, but we were happy to do our best for her so she could go home today,” said Debra Canterbury, Brookdale Hospital nurse.

“Yeah. I’m glad to go home,” Agripina said.

Now to a big family reunion. They’ve flown up from Florida and North Carolina, as well as Queens, Long Island and Manhattan. And maybe, down the road, there’s that plate of rice and beans she’s been talking about.

Police are now going over surveillance video in Camacho’s neighborhood as they search for the gunman.

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