Woman who fights for life after shooting is choir director, hardworking mother of 2
STATEN ISLAND, NY – When Abraham Chea Tucker met Sue Doe about 20 years ago, he immediately realized the joyful person she was.
A white SUV circled the Park Hill Apartment building at 225 Park Hill Ave. several times shortly before 7 p.m. Monday before the driver’s side rear passenger fired several bullets out of the vehicle, police said.
These bullets passed through the lobby of the building before one hit Doe, according to an NYPD spokesperson.
She was not the intended target and detectives believe the shooting was gang related, sources told Advance / SILive.com.
Tucker, president of the Staten Island Liberian Community Association, said Doe was a leader of Staten Island New Life Church in West Brighton, where the two met in the early 2000s and where the 52-year-old was choirmaster. .
“She is a family oriented person who works very hard to take care of her children,” Tucker told Advance / SILive.com.
Doe has two children, an 18-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son, who were present at the time of the shooting, according to the New York Daily News.
“She’s in critical condition, she’s in intensive care,” the girl told News. “The doctor said she couldn’t do it, but she’s fighting.
Doe worked two jobs, one during the day and one at night – one of which is at the Clove Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center – to support her two children and her mother, Tucker said. .
“She was taking care of her family,” he said.
Telee Brown, a board member for the North Shore community who prays at West Brighton Church, said he had just seen Doe as she celebrated her nephew’s birthday at church on Sunday .
“She was in a good mood,” Brown said. “Always laughing. He’s a very positive person. “
Brown and Tucker both said Doe was the church choir’s youth teacher and the founder of the Women of Integrity Group.
“She was a mentor to my daughter and a very dynamic and very good human being,” said Brown.
A COMMUNITY DEMANDING JUSTICE
Brown and Tucker demanded justice Wednesday night as the community remains rocked by yet another shootout in the neighborhood.
“As [Community Board 1] member, a church and former leader of the Liberian community of Staten Island, I want to express my total disgust about the shooting of my community and a church member, ”Brown said. “It has to stop and now. How many more valuable community members must be slaughtered before this shooting stops? “
“It’s getting out of hand,” Brown continued.
Tucker demanded justice, adding that the community is hurt by what happened to Doe.
“We want to know who did it,” he said.
District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said his office was “shocked by this tragic incident last night,” adding he was joining “the NYPD’s call for anyone with information to come forward and help us to ensure that justice is done ”.
DRAWS ON THE HILL OF THE PARK
Earlier this year, two shootings separated by less than 15 hours occurred just steps from Monday’s incident.
“The s — these kids are doing is crazy,” a man who lives in the area said Tuesday. “She was someone’s mother, you know?” “
July 26, Grasino Yancy, the 32-year-old former Daily News Golden Gloves contestant was killed while attending a barbecue in Clifton. Two men were arrested and faces murder charges in connection with his death.
Later that same day, a 43 year old man was shot in both legs at the back of 260 Park Hill Ave. He was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
In April, Vincent Witt Jr., 20, was shot outside building 225. Police sources at the time said Witt was the “intended target”, also claiming that he appeared to be “a good boy with no criminal background”.