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Crown Heights Woman Shot in the Face When Bullet Pierces Her Window

By  Fred Dreier and Julie  Shapiro | November 19, 2012 5:07pm | Updated on November 19, 2012 8:42pm

CROWN HEIGHTS — A woman in her 30s was shot in the face inside her Crown Heights apartment Monday afternoon when a bullet pierced her window, officials and neighbors said.

The woman was expected to survive after she was shot about 3:25 p.m. in her first-floor apartment at 1620 Pacific St., between Troy and Schenectady avenues, in the Weeksville Gardens public housing complex, the FDNY and NYPD said.

The victim, who neighbors said had lived there for about a year and a half, was taken to Kings County Hospital, officials said.

Hours later, a dime-size hole in the victim's kitchen window marked the spot where the bullet had entered. The window faces a courtyard that is accessible from the street. 

The NYPD was investigating Monday evening, a police spokeswoman said.

Neighbors said gunfire was common in the area.

Rhonda Diles, 53, who lives next to the victim, said a stray bullet crashed through her living room window in April 2011.

"It's scary — this could have been me," Diles said.

Her living room curtains still bear a bullet hole from the previous incident.

A neighbor who declined to give her name said she feared for her safety in the building.

"When I hear shots, I throw myself on the floor," the neighbor said. "We are concerned."