A 51-year-old Yonkers woman was struck in the abdomen by an arrow outside the Schervier Nursing Care Center on Independence Avenue between 227th and 231st streets on Sunday afternoon, police said. The victim, Denise Brown-Delgado, was dropping off a resident of the home, and had just stepped out of her red Kia Sorrento when the rounded point of the arrow struck her.
She was rushed to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital, with the arrow still in her upper abdomen as she was lifted into the ambulance. Ms. Brown-Delgado underwent surgery, and was in stable condition, authorities said.
It is unlikely the woman was intentionally targeted, police said, though the bowman had not yet been identified after hours of canvassing.
Olga Rivera, the woman who was being dropped off, described what happened.
"She stepped out, turned and got hit in the stomach. She said 'Olga they shot me with an arrow,'" Ms. Rivera said.
An ambulance was called, and Ms. Rivera stayed with her friend, who she described as being in a lot of pain, though reasonably calm. "She asked me, 'Why did they shoot me?'" said Ms. Rivera, who has lived at Schervier for three years.
The group was coming back from Sunday services at the Yonkers Christian Assembly church.
Investigators believe the arrow may have been launched from a park on Palisade Avenue, which is in the direction Ms. Brown-Delgado was facing when the bolt struck her. There are a number of video cameras on the Schervier's grounds that may offer evidence of what took place.
Area residents were frightened in the wake of the shooting.
"It could have been any of us. I don't go out alone at night, but this happened in the light of day," said Doris Glickstein, who has lived across the street from Schervier for 39 years. "Who would do such a thing?"
City Councilman Oliver Koppell was on the scene not long after the incident took place.
"It could be someone just fired an arrow into the air and this is where it landed. Or it could be a deranged person who wanted to inflict violence," he said. Either way, it's very strange."
"I'm really afraid now, the person is still out there," Ms. Rivera said.
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