Police are searching for three men who were involved in a shooting that caused a woman to be hit by a stray bullet on Thursday night.
Larisa Lyubina, 57, was at the corner of Mermaid Avenue and West 33rd street at about 7:30 p.m. when she heard gunfire. She felt pain in her left cheek, and realized she'd been shot, the NYPD said.
The police's preliminary investigation showed that two men had jumped out of a silver Mercedes Benz at the intersection, and one of them had shot at another man who'd just exited a blue suburban. Lyubina is not to believed to have been the target.
Lyubina called her husband before calling 911, according to ABC.
"The guys stopped the car, and started to shoot one another," her husband, Sergei Lyubin, told Eyewitness News. "She said, 'Somebody shot me and I have damage in my face. I don't want to die.'"
She was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in stable condition, but will reportedly have to have surgery to remove the bullet, which broke a bone above her chin and is lodged in her face.
"It could have been much worse," her husband told the Daily News. "It could have been the spine."
No arrests have been made yet, but police obtained surveillance video of the two vehicles involved from an MTA bus that was parked near the shooting, and are asking for the public's help in identifying either the vehicles or their operators.
If you have information about this incident, you can call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.