BB Gun Fun Turns Criminal as Passerby is Shot

IMG_2748Stephen Rex Brown The incident occurred at the Lower East Side II Houses.

Five people taking target practice with a BB gun on Friday night were arrested for accidentally shooting a passerby in the leg, police reported.

The 44-year-old victim told the police that she was walking by 716 East Sixth Street at around 8:15 p.m. when she was struck, according to an NYPD spokesman. Police then canvassed the area and found a broken window on the third floor of the building between Avenues C and D, as well as a bottle on the windowsill, leading them to conclude that an errant BB had struck the woman.

The spokesman reported that the BB gun was recovered, and that the group — three men and two women — were charged with a variety of crimes, including criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment and felony assault.

The victim, a resident of the neighborhood, was taken to a hospital for treatment, but the spokesman did not have more details regarding her condition.