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The innocent bystander who was shot in the face following Tuesday’s deadly explosion of violence near a Staten Island courthouse has been struck by a stray bullet before — and it happened on the exact same block.
Fran Williams, 67 — who was in critical condition Thursday after getting shot waiting for a bus on Jersey Street in New Brighton — was also shot in 1998 while doing her laundry on the same street, law enforcement sources said.
“What a shame. Here is an innocent lady getting shot 20 years apart,” said a law enforcement source. “Even during the crack days, drug dealers didn’t have that bad of luck.”
Details of the 1998 shooting were scant — and it was unknown whether anyone was arrested — but one source said Williams was not the intended target.
The article goes on to state the following:
Williams’ latest brush with death came at the end of a gang battle that erupted at the courthouse in St. George and ended with a man fatally rammed by a minivan and five others arrested.
About 30 minutes later and a half-mile away, a gunman opened fire on Jersey Street near Hendricks Avenue in what sources say was a retaliation attempt for the fatal van strike.
The only person struck was Williams, who was waiting at a bus stop not far from her home.
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