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Grandmother Struck by Stray Bullet While Holding Baby Inside Home

Wednesday morning seemed like a typical one for Olga Ceron. She was lying down on her couch inside her Pleasantville, New Jersey home while holding her 8-month-old grandson David. Suddenly she felt a pain in her foot. At first she thought she had been hit by a rock. Then she heard the gunshots. 

“Then I heard, ‘bam, bam, bam,’” she said.

A stray bullet had entered her home and struck her in the foot. Thankfully, Ceron didn’t have to go to the hospital and her grandson wasn’t injured.

“If I was standing up maybe [it would have] hit me in another part of my body,” Ceron said. “I praise the Lord everything was okay.”

The shooting occurred around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Ceron’s home on Franklin Avenue. Police say Ceron and her family were not the intended targets. A witness told NBC10 a police vehicle passed through the area about two minutes before the shooting took place. He also said the gunman was inside a car.

“That guy looked like he was shooting to kill,” the witness said. “There was a guy with his arm out the window shooting at a vehicle that had just turned down Franklin going north.”

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

“These perpetrators of this gun violence, they’re reckless to the point of being predators on our community,” said Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin. “Anytime there’s a shooting at this time of day, there’s obviously [going] to be a flurry of information. Our detectives are still sorting through that.”

Officials say no other gunshot victims turned up at local hospitals and a motive for the shooting is unknown. As police continue to investigate, Ceron is counting her blessings while reflecting on the violence in her neighborhood.

“It looks like they don’t care,” she said. “They do what they have to do. They don’t think about other people when they do that.”

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