A 66-year-old woman was injured yesterday after she was struck by at least one brick falling from the roof of a building on Morris Avenue in Claremont. Initially investigators checked the six-story building's facade to see if the brick fell from there, but now suspect several bricks were deliberately thrown off the roof with intent to harm.
The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. The victim, Norma Dicks, was knocked to the ground by the force of the blow, and witnesses say she was bleeding and barely conscious. "Oh, my God, I thought she was dead. I thought she was dead," Carlos Cruz, a neighbor, told ABC News. The Dicks's granddaughter told CBS 2, "All I heard was a brick came from out of nowhere, and hit my grandmother in the head, and she was just out."
Detectives say the building's facade appeared to be intact, but the doors to the roof were unlocked, leading them to suspect the bricks were thrown off the roof. Dicks was transported to Lincoln Medical Center, and eventually appeared to be alert. “She’s a very kind woman. She does no one any harm, always in and out of the building, shopping. I can’t believe this happened,” a neighbor told CBS.