Brooklyn man ducks bullet, but gets injured by flying glass in shooting

A young man was wounded in a NYCHA housing project Friday afternoon in East New York, Brooklyn - not by a bullet, but a shard of glass from the bullet. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

A man was hit by flying glass and wounded after a shot was fired at him inside a public housing complex in Brooklyn on Friday, police reported.

Cops said the shooting took place at 2:25 p.m. on Dec. 27 inside the Penn Wortman Houses at 359 Wortman Ave. On Saturday, detectives from the 75th Precinct were still seeking a suspect in the gunfire.

Law enforcement sources said the 25-year-old man was hit in the ankle with shards of glass from the fired shot. The victim ran from the shooting, leaving a blood trail more than a block away to a nearby bus shelter where he called police, officials said.

Plain-clothed cops found the victim sitting at the bus shelter, blood pouring down his ankle to his foot, his sneaker coated in blood. Initially, he told police that he had been shot in the leg, but further investigation revealed that it was glass that ricocheted from possibly a glass table, police said.

He was taken to Brookdale University Hospital by EMS in stable condition.

Police followed the blood trail more than a block away back to the Wortman Avenue address where they continued their investigation. Cops roped off the area around the building as police searched for the suspect, but without success.

Residents watched as police gathered at the building, but were not surprised  by the incident.

“There’s always something going on around here,” said Tamika Lee, a resident of the NYCHA housing complex. “It sometimes feels very quiet, but there is always something going on here, and it really is nothing new. It really was peaceful here at one time.”

Police were gathering video from nearby homes and buildings, but no arrests were made as of the next day.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

A young man was shot and wounded in a NYCHA housing project Friday afternoon in East New York, Brooklyn. (Photo by Todd Maisel)



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