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Woman Recalls Purse Snatcher ‘Deliberately' Shooting Her in Knee

"I was as close to him as I am to you--if not closer," she told a reporter. "You're looking at a gun in someone's hand. You're going 'is that real?'"

A woman was shot in the knee Monday after someone made off with her purse during a robbery in the West Town neighborhood.

The 69-year-old woman, Silvia Berger, was shot in the leg around 7:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of West Erie, according to Chicago police.

The suspect fled in a 2007 Honday, police said, and was wearing a black hoodie.

Berger explained to NBC 5 she'd just pulled up into an alley where she was dropping off her daughter, grandson and son-in-laws. She was about to close the garage and park in front of the building when the man who shot her arrived.

"I was as close to him as I am to you--if not closer," she told a reporter. "You're looking at a gun in someone's hand. You're going 'is that real?'"

Berger said the person, dressed in black, grabbed her bag.

"We were scuffling a little bit, he very deliberately looked at me and aimed and shot," she recalled. 

Bianca, Silvia's daughter, said she heard none of the commotion or gunfire.

She said she felt "disbelief that someone would do something so reckless for something so silly."

Bianca says she's worried the closing of a nearby police precinct has contributed to a perceived rise in crime.

Neighbors aren't going to put up with crime, she says, and are planning on fighting back by organizing and putting up more camera.

No one was in custody Tuesday night.

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