Residents of a luxury high-rise on the Upper East Side are living in fear after an unknown gunman fired shots from across the river and shattered windows in two different apartments over the weekend, the New York Post reported.
The first shot occurred sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, when a resident on the 14th floor of One East River Place woke to find their living-room window shattered, a police source told the Post. Investigators discovered a .38-caliber bullet they believe was fired from a Smith & Wesson handgun.
Around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a living-room window on the 32nd floor of the building between East 72nd and East 73rd Streets was also shot out, waking its occupant. No ballistic evidence was recovered from that scene, police sources said.
No residents of either apartment were injured, but “they were lucky they weren’t up late watching television,” a police source told the Post. Both windows have since been boarded up.
Upper East Side shooter may have been on Roosevelt Island
The mysterious shooting left investigators scratching their heads until they discovered two 911 calls about shots fired came in at the time of the second shooting.
The calls were made from 30 River Road, a high-rise directly across from One East River Place on Roosevelt Island. Two overnight workers reported that they heard gunshots in the complex.
One resident of 30 River Road heard the second gunshot early Saturday morning and told Metro it “sounded like someone dropped something heavy on their balcony.”
Investigators have been searching for clues on both sides of the East River since the shootings, but there are no leads and the identity of the shooter remain a mystery, which leaves some residents of One East River Place uneasy.
“I’m petrified for my life. I feel threatened being in my building,” one river-facing resident on the 22nd floor told the Post. “I have beautiful views, but I’ll move out of my building before I walk around in a bulletproof vest. It seems like it can become an everyday thing. It could happen overnight.”
“What world do I live in? Who shoots randomly?” wondered a resident who lives on the 45th floor.