The eight-year-old bystander shot in the leg while trick-or-treating in Harlem on Halloween is in good spirits but a lot of pain, according to her father, who recounted the harrowing moment to The Post on Sunday.
“We were walking to meet my wife at the CVS. I then see a guy with a look on his face and he pulls back his jacket and I see his gun,” recalled the father, who asked that his name be withheld.
“I hear shots. I pushed my youngest out of the way and then grab her but she’s yelling, ‘My leg!’”
The dad — who was hit in the arm — ran into the street with his daughter and hopped into an empty, off-duty taxicab, whose driver took them to a nearby hospital, he said.
“On Halloween a kid trick-or-treating can’t be safe in New York? How crazy is that?” he said.
The 39-year-old Harlemite said his 8-year-old dressed up as a “space girl,” while his younger daughter had gone as Elsa from “Frozen.”
“Halloween didn’t seem to be in the cards this year but the kids begged me to go trick-and-treating,” said the dad.
Police said the father-daughter pair and a third bystander got caught in the middle of a verbal dispute between two men in their twenties, which escalated into gunfire.
Neither gunman has been apprehended. Police said one of the men was last seen wearing a green and black jacket.
The young victim’s father said the girl’s shin bone was shattered — and doctors have yet to determine how much rehabilitation or surgery she’ll need.
The city has grappled with a surge in gun violence over the past several months.
“Before this I was against gun violence like everyone, but now I’m like this has to stop,” the dad told The Post.
“I mean, how this guy miss who he’s shooting at and hits us. It’s crazy!” he said.
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