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A 51-year-old woman was shot in the face on Dec. 10 by a gun-toting assassin who showed up at her Canarsie home looking for her son.
Police said that Marie Fougere, a nurse’s aide with a friendly demeanor and a smart sense of style, answered a knock on the side door to her Avenue M home near E. 93rd Street at 10:46 pm, as her son, Mac — possibly expecting the gunman’s visit — told her to stay away.
But before she could heed her child’s warning, several bullets were pumped into the door, hitting Fougere in the face. The bullet travelled through her neck into her shoulder, officials said.
Paramedics rushed Fougere to Brookdale Hospital where she was listed in critical condition.
By Tuesday, cops were still looking for Fougere’s shooter, as well as her child’s connection to the gunman.
According to the New York Post, Fougere’s son ran with a tough crowd that may be implicated in at least two shootings in north Brooklyn last week. It’s believed that Friday’s shooting may have been in retaliation to one of those acts.
When detectives questioned him about the shooting, Fougere’s son reportedly flew into a rage, demanding to see his mother.
The shooting also leaves another dark mark on a year of unparalleled violence in Canarsie.
As of Tuesday, nine murders and well over 20 shootings have taken place in the neighborhood, according to NYPD officials. The number of felony assaults — which include shootings and stabbings — have also skyrocketed by a whopping 23 percent.
Some of Canarsie’s bloodiest scene’s include:
• A man testifying against the gunman involved in a fatal shooting on an Avenue K home between E. 102nd and E. 103rd street in August was gunned down at the same address on Sept. 3.
• A gunman opened fire at the corner of Rockaway Parkway and Seaview Avenue on Aug. 29 in a rare daytime shooting.
• A man was stabbed to death on Flatlands Avenue on Aug. 16 during a scrape with an unidentified assailant.
• A 60-year-old plumber was killed when he confronted two thieves who entered his home on Avenue K near Church Lane on July 29.
Despite the dearth of death and bloodshed, Deputy Inspector Milt Marmara, the commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, has repeatedly said that these incidents aren’t signs of a larger problem.
“None of these incidents are related and overall crime continues to be down,” Marmara said in previous interviews.
Anyone with information regarding Friday’s shooting is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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