A Rhode Island woman was shocked to discover potential witnesses to her New York City shooting were too busy filming her struggle on the ground instead of helping her back onto her feet.
Young mom Wendy Magrinat was caught in the crossfire of a compact disc transaction that went horribly wrong at Times Square on May 8.
The 23-year-old was waiting to enter the Line Friends store on Broadway with her mom, stepfather, husband Yoel, 8-year-old sister, and daughter Elise. She knew something was wrong when several nearby men started fighting each other, and one of them called another a contemptuous black or dark-skinned person.
Magrinat tried to ask her husband to move forward to keep Elise away from the fight, but it was too late. The mother was shot in the right thigh and tried to make a run for it but fell and could not stand back up again.
“I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety–but I could not,” she said according to the New York Post. “The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor.”
The mother desperately begged for bystanders to help her stand up, but they did not offer any assistance and even used their cellphones to record her struggle on the ground.
“I do not want to die, please help me!” she said according to the Daily Mail. “I understand … [some] people get in shock but, if you are in shock, you should not be recording–that is how people are right now.”
Eventually, the New York Police Department (NYPD) sent officers to help her stand up.
“They came running right away and they got me to an ambulance really fast, along with the 4-year-old girl [Skye Martinez] who was hurt,” Magrinat said according to the New York Post.
When the mother finally received medical attention, primary health professionals confirmed the projectile missed her arteries, bone, and muscle tissue. Doctors decided not to remove the bullet lodged in her upper-right thigh because it could cause further damage.
“So I live with a bullet in my leg,” she said according to the paper. “I am on a lot of painkillers but the pain never goes away. The pain is always there, you just have to hold it and hope it gets better.”
Magrinat thanked heavens her daughter is in a stable condition and called the bullet piercing her thigh instead of her daughter a clear example of “God’s will.”
“I would have died if my daughter would have gotten shot,” she said.
Elise did not realize she was in danger and thought her parents ran away because they were playing a game. However, Magrinat’s sister felt much more upset about the ordeal and screamed “nonstop” because she was fully aware of what had happened.
The shooting affected two more victims who were in a stable condition at the time of publication.
Marcela Aldana, 43, of Passaic, New Jersey, was shot in the left foot, and the bullet has already been removed. Martinez from Brooklyn was shot in the lower-left calf and had surgery at Bellevue Hospital in Washington.
According to the Daily Mail, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea revealed none of the victims were related or knew each other. The BL understands they were likely innocent bystanders hit after the unidentified man had an altercation and fired rounds.
NYPD released pictures of the man suspected of carrying out the shooting. The gunman was dressed in a black jacket and black Adidas pants at the time but removed them before being captured on surveillance video wearing a t-shirt with a numeric “9” printed on it.
Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang called public safety “paramount,” and vowed to establish a new anti-violence plainclothes unit to “eliminate weapons and gun violence,” according to the Daily Mail.