Police Say Victim Was Not Intended Target

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Jersey City grandmother is in the hospital after getting caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting.

Ada Lopez, 70, has been surrounded by friends and family at her hospital bedside. The doting grandmother survived a drive-by shooting that left her with three bullet wounds on Thursday.

She was outside on Griffith Street near Sherman Avenue when police said four suspects in a car suddenly drove by and opened fire.

“She was outside the car and shots were fired,” her granddaughter Jasmine Vega said. “She fell to the floor and we realized she was shot. I picked her up and brought her into the driver’s side with me.”

Vega then rushed her grandmother to the hospital.

“She had multiple gunshot wounds,” said nursing supervisor Charmaine Ifill. “She is very lucky.”

But police said Lopez was not the intended target and believe she was just an innocent bystander who got caught up in a violent assault.

Officers arrested the alleged trigger man, 24-year-old Malik High, as well as two other suspects within hours of the shooting.

Her family is relieved police were able to get the suspects in custody so quickly but furious it happened at all.

“I think it’s crazy,” said Vega. “I think these kids — I don’t know what they’re thinking. If it was revenge over a fight, I don’t think it’s right. Something needs to put a stop to it.”

Lopez is expected to go home sometime Friday.

The suspects are due in court on aggravated assault, conspiracy and weapons charges.

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