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Two hit in gun battle near Bronx subway


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Two innocent bystanders were wounded Wednesday morning after a shootout erupted on a Bronx sidewalk full of people walking to a subway station, police and witnesses said.


A woman was shot in the arm and a man suffered a graze wound to the leg when the bullets started flying outside the entrance to the Gun Hill Road No. 5 train station just before 9 a.m., police said.


Investigators believe two men began shooting at each other in front of a barbershop, sending pedestrians scrambling for cover at the busy intersection of DeWitt Place and E. Gun Hill Road.


"A lady came in holding her arm [and] said she was shot," said Mohammed Hayan, manager of the nearby Best Stop Deli.


"She kept saying 'Call an ambulance, call an ambulance - I'm shot, I'm shot,'" Hayan said. "We gave her the phone."


The unidentified woman, who was peering in a store window to admire a portrait of President Obama when she was shot, was in stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center.


The other wounded bystander - identified by relatives as Darnell Cooper, 18 - was later released from the same hospital, police said.


The two gunmen ran from the scene but one of them was arrested a few blocks away, police said. His name was not immediately released.


Police said the other man escaped into the subway station but investigators were hoping to identify him from surveillance video taken at the scene.


Store owners at the bustling Baychester intersection were stunned by the brazen daytime shooting.


"It's a good neighborhood but you have to be careful," said Hayan.


BY Tanyankia Samuels and Jonathan Lemire


February 12th 2009



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