NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s happened again: Another innocent person has been hit by a stray bullet in New York City.
The most recent shootout was captured on surveillance video.
Robert Griggs, 51, was caught in the crossfire of a shootout Wednesday in the Bronx.
In an exclusive interview, he told CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas what happened.
“I felt like a stinging pain in my back and I heard two shots,” Griggs said.
Surveillance video shows the two brazen men shooting at each other in the Concourse Village section. At first, they open fire on the sidewalk. Then one suspect ducks behind a car, only to emerge as he runs down Sherman Avenue with his gun out, aimed at the other suspect who was running away.
“Once they told me I was shot, I was like, ‘Who shot me?’ But when I first got shot and I stood up, I looked down the street and I saw the guy in black. He like turned around and started running.”
More than a dozen innocent bystanders have been struck by stray bullets in New York City since the start of June.
Griggs, a father of 11, was shot in his torso while playing dominoes with friends just before 8 p.m. – still light outside – and a stone’s throw from the courthouse.
“This is ridiculous, because this is an active community. Children, school is right here. You have kids walking up and down all day every day,” one resident said.
Residents said police responded in full force and made multiple arrests.
A Facebook live video shows officers taking down one man during an arrest. Another video shows a woman being swarmed by officers and forcefully pushed up against a parked car. Residents said she was on her way to work.
“You call for safety and then you’re the one that’s harassed by the people who are supposed to be protecting you,” resident James Rucker said.
In a statement, the NYPD said officers arrived to a chaotic scene where some people were throwing bottles and attempting to remove evidence.
Three people who were arrested were treated for minor injuries.
“This is a high-crime area, it’s always been,” said resident Julio Cordova. “So anything that happens, even if people saw something, they’re not going to tell you.”
Meanwhile, the suspects involved in the shooting are still on the run.
This is at least the 14th stray bullet shooting in two months.
Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.