A grandmother who was struck by a stray bullet in Queens left the hospital on Saturday, worried sick about the slug still lodged in the back of her neck — and mad as hell at “the kids” who opened fire during a fight on a residential street corner.
“I’m angry with the kids. They don’t know nothing about life,” the 76-year-old gunshot victim told The Post, as she walked slowly toward the elevator from her third-floor hospital room.
“Nobody should be shot while walking or driving down the street.”
The South Jamaica woman had just dropped her granddaughter off and was driving home Friday night when she saw a huge group of teens gathered outside the Family Dollar store at Foch and Guy Brewer boulevards.
It was 10:30 p.m., and there were maybe 100 kids or more, all between 12 and 18 years old, said the woman, who asked not to be identified by name.
“Including girls!” she said. “Lots of them! I can’t believe it.”
She could see the youth in their faces, she remembered. And they were fighting.
“The police were coming so I moved over to let them pass,” she remembered. “Then I heard a boom. It didn’t sound like a gunshot. It sounded, maybe, like I rolled over a can, or bottles.”
Then she felt something at the back of her neck, high up, near her head.
“I felt it hit me. It was quick,” she said. “Then I put my hand at the back of my head and I felt the blood.”
Cops called an ambulance, and she was rushed to the hospital.
“I’m just grateful I’m alive,” she said as she was discharged after her overnight stay.
“I’m too old for this.”
She’s also grateful that her granddaughter hadn’t still been in the car.
“My grand baby,” she said, a far-away, wistful look in her eye.
“The bullet came through the window right where she sits behind me in the back of the car. I had just dropped her off at her father’s house.
“Thank God she wasn’t there in that car because I wouldn’t want to know what the outcome would be,” she said as she left the hospital.
She walked gingerly toward her son’s waiting car.
“The cops were telling me they picked up some of the kids,” the son told The Post, also asking to not be named.
“But I said, let them do their job. I just want to go take care of my mom. I just want to make sure my mom was okay.”
He, too, is “angry at the kids.”
“They don’t know better,” he said, sounding like his mother.
“They don’t know nothing about life.”
The bullet in the woman’s neck is lodged in too sensitive a spot to be safely moved right away, she said doctors told her.
“Two week’s from now, they are going to take an x-ray,” she said.
It’s suspended in soft tissue and did not strike her vertebrae or spinal cord, she was told.
“But the doctor says it can move, it can travel,” she said, with worry in her voice.
“I don’t know what this bullet gonna do to me,” she said, before they drove off.