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A stray bullet whizzed through the window of an eighth-story Brooklyn apartment in the dead of night, landing in the empty bed of a teen girl, according to her family and cops — the latest harrowing instance of gunplay in a year shot to hell.
Khady Sy, 46, was jolted awake in the wee hours of Dec. 17 by two separate bursts of gunfire totaling about eight shots outside her Coney Island apartment, but shrugged it off, having become used to the ominous sound.
“We’ve heard them before,” Sy, a Senegalese immigrant, told The Post on Tuesday from her West 31st Street home. “I always hear gunshots, see blood on the ground.”
It was only on Monday that Sy went to air out the bedroom shared by her 15- and 17-year-old daughters — who have been away since before the 17th visiting their father, Sy’s ex-husband — that she saw the apparent result of the fusillade.
“I see the bullet on the bed,” she recalled. “I was shocked! I feel numb. What if my daughter was sleeping here? She would die. It would hit her head. I don’t want my daughters in that room any more!”
The frightening incident is eerily reminiscent of another near-tragedy that occurred in Harlem on the Fourth of July.
NYPD investigators told Sy’s current husband, Steve Roseborough, that the slug was “high-caliber,” he said.
“It went through the metal [window] frame, bent the frame!” Roseborough, 49, said. “It bounced off the ceiling, ricocheted onto the bed.”
Police are yet to make any arrests in the stray shot, but Roseborough speculated that area troublemakers no older than the couple’s daughters were to blame.
“Someone was shooting up in the air, just firing gunshots. These are not grown men, they’re 13-year-olds, 15-year-olds,” said Roseborough. “It’s getting younger and younger.”
Sy said that as she’s watched the neighborhood decline, she’s felt captive in her own home.
“We live like a prison here! After 8:00 [pm], I don’t let my kids leave,” she said. “I don’t even want to enter into the lobby at night. Liquor, marijuana smoke so thick, music so loud, driving motorcycles on the sidewalk. These people are a mess.”
Even if her kids aren’t physically harmed by the violence, Sy said that she fears teenage miscreants could lead her two daughters and three sons astray, including her 12-year-old boy.
Though major crime is down in Coney Island’s 60th Precinct this year, the drop is driven largely by a 26.7-percent dip in non-violent grand larcenies, according to NYPD statistics current through Dec. 13.
Murders, rapes and robberies have all increased in 2020, though felony assaults are down.
The area has logged one less shooting incident in 2020 as opposed to 2019 — 12 versus 13 — but more total shooting victims, 17 to 15.
Through the 13th, citywide shooting incidents have nearly doubled on the year, exploding to 1,469 from 743, department stats show.
In a sit-down with The Post’s editorial board last week, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that his one Christmas wish was greater help from prosecutors and judges keeping gun-toting criminals off city streets.
Sy and Roseborough said Tuesday that the city’s entire criminal justice system must shoulder that task.
“I hope they catch all them. Lock them all up. They need to start arresting them,” said Sy.
Added Roseborough, “The police are making arrests but they just get released.”
He said, however, that the best strategy is making sure young people stay on the right path in the first place.
“They need other outlets,” he said. “Fund the youth programs. Get them off the corners.”
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