NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 19-year-old woman is dead and two men are injured following a shooting in the Bronx.
It happened around 7 a.m. Monday near Jerome Avenue and North Street in the Fordham Heights section.
Surveillance video shows people running from the area, moments after the triple shooting.
Witnesses told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon a party was taking place inside Mixtec when gunshots erupted.
Socrates Santos was in the back kitchen when he heard shots ring out in the front room and ran for his life.
“My reaction was run! And that’s what I did, I run,” he told Dhillon.
Santos said about 20 to 30 people were inside drinking and dancing to a DJ.
“I was scared because I know how gunshots sound,” Santos said. “I didn’t have the time to stop to look back. I didn’t want to even look back, because you know, if you stop for a second, anything can happen.”
Police said 19-year-old Wendolin Ortiz was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital. A 28-year-old man and 30-year-old man were in stable condition.
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Lucio Javier Lora was outside in his car when the shooting happened.
“He was sitting inside the car… He felt a noise and a shot,” a translator said.
He heard the shots, felt the impact and got out to discover his car had been shot at. He called police to tell them what happened.
People who live nearby told CBS2 they’re shocked by this.
“I actually had a feeling that something like this was going to happen… there’s always lots of people,” one person said.
The incident comes as the city deals with an uptick in shootings.
There were 642 shootings year-to-date in 2019, with 762 victims. Those numbers are nearly double in 2020.
Tony Herbert, of Advocates Without Borders, is urging anyone who knows something about the Mixtec shooting speak up.
“We cannot be complacent in allowing these guns to continuously go off in our community. We have to say something if we want to take our communities back,” Herbert said.
Santos is still in shock.
“This is my first time seeing this. It scared me a little bit,” he said. “I’ve seen it happen before but not like this.”
Sources told CBS2 police are searching for a silver Acura with New Jersey plates that fled the scene.
Police sources said it’s unclear who, if anyone, was an intended target in the shooting, and a motive remains unclear.
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