Bullet Shatters Windshield of NYC Taxi, Stops in Cushion Near Woman's Head

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  • A New York City cab rider is crediting the vehicle's headrest for redeeming her beingness aft a random slug shattered the backmost windshield of the yellowish car
  • Hannah Warnaar tells NBC New York that she was connected her mode location from JFK International Airport conscionable aft midnight Monday erstwhile she heard a bang and solid deed her successful the face
  • It's unclear who fired the weapon but it wasn't directed astatine the cab oregon Warnaar. The cab operator said helium saw 2 cars that appeared to beryllium racing 1 different connected the road earlier the changeable deed the backmost of the cab

A New York City cab rider is crediting the vehicle's headrest for redeeming her beingness aft a random slug shattered the backmost windshield of the yellowish car, missing her by conscionable a fewer inches.

Hannah Warnaar tells NBC New York successful an exclusive interrogation that she was "pretty tired" and was connected her mode location from JFK International Airport conscionable aft midnight Monday. She was scrolling done her telephone successful the backmost of the cab erstwhile she heard a bang.

"Some solid deed maine successful the look truthful I ducked down. I realized that I was bleeding," Warnaar recalled. She didn't instantly recognize that a slug had entered the backmost of the car and the cab operator thought the large sound was fireworks.

Then the operator turned astir and saw that the backmost windshield had been afloat shattered, truthful helium pulled disconnected the Van Wyck Expressway and called police.

After getting retired of the cab, Warnaar recovered retired conscionable however fortunate she was to beryllium alive. A slug spread tin beryllium seen successful the cab's backseat headrest wherever Warnaar says she was sitting.

A slug spread tin beryllium seen successful the cab's backseat headrest wherever Hannah Warnaar says she was sitting.

"If it had deed the headrest conscionable a somewhat antithetic space oregon spot. It's virtually precisely wherever my caput was, truthful that's evidently a horrifying thought to deliberation about," she said.

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It's unclear who fired the weapon but it wasn't directed astatine the cab oregon Warnaar. The cab operator said helium saw 2 cars that appeared to beryllium racing 1 different connected the road earlier the changeable went off.

The shooting is among the rising fig of weapon unit incidents crossed the metropolis this year, which are up 18% from 2020. As portion of caller section and national efforts to curb shootings, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced conscionable past week that the authorities is investing $16 cardinal to money workforce grooming and occupation placement programs successful 20 cities astir impacted by weapon violence.

New York City mayoral candidates Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa person some expressed their concerns astir the information of residents and tourists arsenic the 5 boroughs look to retrieve from the pandemic, but Warnaar says she won't fto 1 shooting alteration however she feels astir the city.

"I consciousness similar it's specified a random lawsuit to happen. It's similar getting deed by lightning," Warnaar said. "The accidental of it happening doubly feels nonexistent. So for this to unreality my position of New York would consciousness ridiculous."

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