Queens woman hears grandson’s desperate cry for help after he’s shot in a robbery while running an errand — gunman fled with cell phone and $7

Wes Parnell and Leonard Greene, New York Daily News
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Wounded and afraid of dying in a pool of blood with an armed robber standing over him, Miguel Archilla desperately called out: “Grandma, please throw me some money. This man is killing me.”

Bernanda Soto, 85, was watching TV in her apartment in the Woodside Houses in Queens at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. “I heard the shots,” she said. “I heard him call out.”

Then she looked out the window and saw the danger her grandson faced. But instead of throwing down the money, Soto replied: “I’m going to call the police.”

Cops said the stickup man fled with Archilla’s cell phone and $7 the victim had on him.

Soto said her grandson pulled himself up and dragged himself to the elevator of her building and then to the hallway by her apartment, where cops found him dripping with blood down his back.

“I had sent him to the store to buy me some milk,” Soto said.

“Some man, he saw that he had a bag or something — I guess he wanted the change and he followed him to the front of the building. He said, ‘Give me the bag or I’ll shoot you.’ But Miguel didn’t give him the bag, and he shot him.”

Paramedics rushed Archilla, 32, to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. There have been no arrests.

Archilla was shot just a day after Elliot Claiborne was killed by gunfire at the same housing complex.

Claiborne, 29, was shot several times in the lower back, legs and arms outside the Woodside Houses on 49th St. at Broadway around 1 p.m. Tuesday. He died at Elmhurst Hospital.

Soto said she fears for her family’s safety.

“I don’t even feel safe going out,” she said. “That’s why he would go out. He was just going to the store, he goes there all the time, he would go get me meat or whatever I needed.

“He was just buying milk and bread, but even for that you can’t go out anymore. Old women can’t go to the bank by themselves. They’ll kill you over a cell phone now. Things are bad.”

Soto said Archilla has lived with her for about two years, working through some personal issues and taking classes.

Archilla’s mother, Evelyn Moran, 58, said she wants the gunman off the street.

“Please God, don’t let him get killed,” said Moran. “It’s terrible. It’s like a nightmare. It’s terrible. I can’t believe it.”

Moran — who was at home in Jamaica when she learned of her son’s shooting — was hopeful police would catch up with the robber.

“There are cameras in the street,” she said. “They are going to find who did this, sooner or later.”

Her words for the shooter: “I hope you rot in jail.”

Detectives are still investigating the stray bullet killing of Gudelia Vallinas, a mother of two struck down March 12 in a shopping area a few blocks from the Woodside Houses.

Flyers promising a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the Vallinas murder were posted inside and around the Woodside Houses complex.

With Graham Rayman