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Staten Island Man Recovering After Being Hit By Apparent Stray Bullet

Police Searching For Gunman

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Staten Island man got a big shock after going to the hospital and learning he’d been shot.

As CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported, Edgardo Oquendo, 33, was seriously injured in the accidental shooting. Police believe he was the victim of a stray bullet.

Oquendo called his wife on Tuesday saying he fell in his Staten Island home and was bleeding from the head.

He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center and given a CAT scan, which showed a bullet in his head.

“It’s mind-boggling, you know,” a neighbor told Rapoport.

Police found a bullet hole in a wall of Oquendo’s home. CBS 2 cameras captured what appeared to be a bullet hole in his window.

Sources say police used laser tracking to try to determine where the shot came from and believe Oquendo was an unintended casualty of a random shooting.

“It’s scary to know that someone can just go and literally do that and don’t have no heart around Christmas time,” neighbor Tysha Dodd told Rapoport.

Police continued to search for the shooter.

Oquendo has undergone surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.

Oquendo’s family has asked for privacy but said he is lucky to have survived.

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