Lehigh Valley

Woman critical after being hit by stray bullet; neighbors shocked

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Many of the people speaking with 69 News said they didn't hear anything Sunday night. They’re shocked and praying for the victim, 52-year-old Annie Ocasio.

If you look at the home in the 1500 block of Fairmount Street, you can see it: a single hole from a gunshot in the exterior wall.

"I heard nothing," said nextdoor neighbor Karen Six. "We were in the living room watching TV."

Investigators said they got the call for help just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and when they arrived, they found the victim in her bedroom.  The projectile went through the wall and hit Ocasio in the head.

Ocasio was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, and then later transported to Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, where she was last reported to be in serious condition. 

Her grandmother lives across the street and said Ocasio is undergoing surgery, which makes waiting to hear any type of news nerve-racking.

"The only thing I can say is she is in God’s hands," said Toby Diaz. "Whatever God has for her, his will. That's what we have to go by. There's not anything else we can do."

People living in the neighborhood said the investigation involved police looking in a field behind their homes, where police tried to determine the trajectory of the bullet. They also hope whoever did this is arrested.

"I'm horrified, to be quite frank with you," said Six

Bethlehem police are looking for anyone who may have information on the incident. They're asking any witnesses to the crime to call 610-865-7187.


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