Investigators are seeking two suspects after a 34-year-old woman was shot dead outside of a Brooklyn supermarket while reportedly picking her child up from school Friday, and officials said two others who were hurt in the crossfire, including an 11-year-old girl, are expected to recover. NY1’s Zack Fink filed the following report.
Police say Zurana Horton, 34, was shot and killed outside a supermarket Friday. Neighbors believe she was pregnant and on her way to pick up her daughter from school. She was not believed to be the intended target.
"She was a nice, caring person. Had a lot of kids, took care of them, fed them all the same. Very nice person," said one resident.
“As I got to the corner, I seen a bunch of people running and I seen a young lady fall and hit the ground, and the other girl was on the ground shot in the arm. The one that got shot in the face, she passed away right there on the spot,” said one resident who witnessed the shooting.
A total of three people were shot. A 31-year old woman was hit in the arm and chest and was taken to Brookdale Hospital. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.
An 11-year old sixth grade girl was grazed by a bullet on her cheek and is also expected to recover.
Police say Horton was hovering over children trying to protect them when she was hit.
"When I came outside I see the two ambulances and a whole bunch of police cars. I didn't really know what was going on, I just see the people moving all about," said one resident.
"I heard the gunshots and I looked out my window. I live up there. I looked and the whole crowd was here. Kids were getting out of school," said another.
People who live in the area say they have grown used to trouble around dismissal time. IS 298 is across the street, and when teachers heard shots, they pulled the students back inside the building.
“I’m not surprised. This is all the time. This is a regular — this happens around three o’clock in the afternoon when kids get out of school. It’ all the time. It’s sad,” said one resident.
Police found shell casings on a nearby rooftop, and they believe the gunman may have fired from there. Two suspects are being sought, and police are offering a $12,000 for information. The organization 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement is offering $1,000 on top of that.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.