‘I’m just lucky I made it': Girl, 13, grazed by stray bullet outside Bronx NYCHA building counts her blessings

Thomas Tracy, Wes Parnell and Larry McShane, New York Daily News
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A bleeding Bronx teen, after narrowly cheating death from a stray bullet, felt a rush of emotions: Terror. Mortality. And finally relief.

“I thought I was going to die in the moment,” recounted Analye Rivera, 13, one day after surviving the random Wednesday afternoon shooting outside the Soundview Houses. “I cried ... because I thought it was going to be my last moment. I thought I was going to die.”

The teenage homebody had just said goodbye to her boyfriend around 3 p.m. when two gunshots rang out, with one grazing the victim on her right knee as she stood with another friend. Rivera saw the blood leaking from the wound and immediately thought the worst.

“I thought there was a bullet in my leg,” she told the Daily News from her hospital bed. “And then I saw the bullet on the ground, so I knew it wasn’t in me ... I was just panicking. I’m only a baby. I don’t want to get shot for something I’m not the target for.”

The shooter remained on the loose Thursday after the errifying incident outside the NYCHA building on Seward Ave. near Rosedale Ave.

The wounded girl’s mom remembered screaming inside her apartment for 10 minutes after police called from Jacobi Medical Center with word of the shooting.

“I was in shock,” said mom Vicky Villanueva, 33. “It hurts, I’m mad, I’m upset. I’ll still trying to gather my thoughts together ... They need to stop it. They need to put the guns down. They need to find (the shooter).”

Villanueva and her older daughter, Liana Rivera, both described the wounded teen as a nice kid who spends her free time with them instead of finding trouble on the streets.

“She’s a good girl that stays at home,” said Villanueva. “I just thank God that she is still alive and it wasn’t that bad.”

Analye said her boyfriend called and asked if she was shot after hearing gunfire, and she ran sobbing into his building. The boyfriend comforted the victim until medics arrived and rushed her to the hospital.

“I’m lucky I made it,” she told The News. “It didn’t go in my knee, because I could have lost my whole leg. I just want the cops to find whoever shot me, because I don’t want them to hit anybody else.”

Both mother and daughter urged an end to the shootings and homicides that have spiked this year. Through the end of October, murders were up from 38% from 282 last year to 390 this year, according to NYPD data.

“You’ve got to put the guns down,” said the teen victim. “If you don’t put the guns down, people are just dying. I know mad people that got killed over guns, and they weren’t doing nothing. They were like me, just chilling out here, and got hit over nothing.”

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