NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The building in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City where Amy Sanchez , 15, was shot and wounded by a stray bullet that came in through the apartment window Sunday. Sanchez was hit in the hand. The NYPD made an arrest in the case Wednesday.
He’s certainly not singing now.
Police have made an arrest in the case of a Queens teenager who was wounded by a stray gunshot unleashed by a singing gunman, a police captain told the Daily News.
Captain Miguel Iglesias of Police Service Area 9 said a man has been arrested on suspicion of firing the round that struck Amy Sanchez, 15, in the hand as she did her homework in an apartment in the Queensbridge Houses about 5:15 a.m. Sunday.
A resident told the Daily News the shooter was singing as he slowly squeezed off five rounds. One shot pierced the window in Amy’s apartment; she ducked, a relative said, but it ricocheted of the wall and struck her.
Police said Day Bryant, 37, of Manhattan, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He has yet to be arraigned. Police sources said he has eight prior arrests. It was not clear what spurred the gunplay.
Amy’s relatives, who attended the community meeting where The News spoke to Iglesias Wednesday, were pleased an arrest was made.
“I’m glad they caught someone,” her aunt, Gina Hernandez, said at the Ravenswood Community Center. “Her hand is in bad shape.”
Amy underwent surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell in Manhattan on Monday. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens, who visited her in the hospital, said she will likely not be released from the hospital before Friday.
“She is very shaken up,” Van Bramer said. “One gunshot is too many. One 15-year-old girl shot is one too many.”
There has been a slight increase this year in shooting victims in the NYPD’s 114th Precinct, which includes the Queensbridge Houses; 21 people have been shot in the command, up from 17 at this point last year.
Vicky Lozado, Amy’s cousin, said area residents are getting restless.
“We hear the fights and the gunshots,” she said. “What are the police doing?”