A South Shore grandmother and two of her young grandchildren are recovering after they were innocent victims of gunfire Tuesday night.
Eileen Atwood, 51, was listed in critical but stable condition at a local hospital after she was shot in the leg, a 5-year-old boy, Kamari, is in stable condition after he was shot in the abdomen and his 3-year-old cousin, Kayden, was listed in stable condition suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Police say the shots were fired from an gray SUV shortly after 8 p.m. in the 2500 block of East 78th Street. The family was out for a walk when they were struck by the gunfire.
A witness to the shooting asked NBC 5 to not disclose her identity.
"She was saying, 'I've been shot,' and I was telling her not to move, because at the time I didn't know where she was shot at. I didn't want the bullet to move so I was telling her to stay still," the witness said.
The witness said she was comforting the boys after their grandmother was shot when she noticed that Kamari had also been shot.
"I opened his jacket and raised his shirt up and noticed that he was shot in the stomach," the witness said.
Community activist and Paster Jedidah Brown has been counseling the family since the shooting. He
"I need the community to snitch. We need to know the individual who'd do something like this, shoto an elderly woman and child," Brown said.
Brown says a prayer rally will be held Tuesday at 1745 E. 71 St. at 7 p.m. to show community support against violence.
No arrests have been made in the case.