Woman Who Overheard Greenwich Village Shooting Speaks Out
By Kiratiana Freelon on November 4, 2010 10:06am
By Olivia Scheck
MANHATTAN — A woman who was inside a Greenwich Village apartment when two men opened fire on her friends spoke out about her harrowing ordeal to the Daily News on Thursday.
The 27-year-old woman, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution, said she was in a bedroom when the attackers entered the 185 Bleecker Street apartment on Monday night, according to the News.
She listened as the gunman demanded money from her friends – 24-year-old Alex Bongard, the son of a prominent NYU fundraiser, and 31-year-old Lucas Hinde – who were reportedly selling marijuana from the third floor apartment.
As the frightened woman remained crouched in the corner of the bedroom, she said she could hear Hinde pleading for his life, explaining to the gunmen that he had a son to raise, according to the paper.
The robbers shot Hinde anyway, and the woman said from her hiding place she could see the blood streaming onto the floor, the News reported.
The gunmen heard her stifle scream but elected to flee the scene instead of seeking her out. The burglars grabbed her purse, stuffed it with cash and headed for the exits, she told the News.
Bongard and Hinde were both in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday, according to police.
The NYPD released surveillance footage of two suspects in the case, but no arrests had been made as of Wednesday.