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Elderly Woman Hit By Stray Bullet Remains Hospitalized; City Official Calls Incident ‘Insanity’

90-Year-Old Woman Shot

A 90-year-old woman was shot and wounded Wednesday in East New York, Brooklyn. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 90-year-old Brooklyn woman who was hit by a stray bullet on Wednesday remained hospitalized Thursday.

Police said Gloria Johnson was wounded in a drive-by shooting near Blake and Miller avenues in East New York as she was walking with a home health aide and a cart full of laundry.

According to police, Johnson was struck in the arm at least once when a car drove by and someone inside fired several shots.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Johnson was taken to Brookdale University Hospital where she is listed in stable condition. She is expected to make a full recovery.

City Councilmember Charles Barron, like many neighbors, voiced anger over the gun violence.

“This is madness. This is insanity that a 90-year-old can’t take out the laundry without being shot at,” Barron said.

Johnson’s granddaughters said they were absolutely overjoyed at her progress in recovery Wednesday night.

“I grabbed her arm, and my cousin said when he saw her, she actually wanted to get up and go home,” Judeen Phillips said.

“She’s strong. She’s been through a lot, and we just need your prayers,” said another granddaughter, Stacey Holt.

Johnson’s children and grandchildren said she emigrated from Jamaica many years ago. They said she loves to knit.

Police were still searching for the gunman and a sliver Acura on Thursday.

“Shame on you for busting shots at a 90-year-old lady,” said John Rodriguez of the 75th Precinct Community Council.
Shame on you.”

It remains unclear who the intended target of the drive-by shooting was, police said.

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