A Queens woman was shot through an apartment window after her boyfriend answered a knock at their door, police and law enforcement sources said.
The 20-year-old woman and her 23-year-old boyfriend were inside their apartment on 163rd Street near Sanford Avenue around 4:45 a.m. Saturday when someone began pounding on their front door.
“What’s popping?” the man who was knocking said when the boyfriend opened the door, according to police sources.
The boyfriend slammed the door, then heard two gunshots — including one that struck his girlfriend while she was lying in bed.
Police believe two shooters fired their guns through the front door and a side window. A bullet hole could be seen in a window on the top of the front door.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to her left leg and a shattered femur, police and sources said. She was taken to Booth Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Investigators found several spent shell casings both inside and outside the apartment, including a bullet fragment near the bed, police sources said.
Shortly thereafter, cops stopped two men who fit the description described by the boyfriend. Police arrested Alec Bilciu, 21, and Jacob Yagudayev, 22, at the corner of Sanford Avenue and 161st Street, police said. They were charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
The men were not strangers to the victim, though details of how they knew each other weren’t immediately clear.
A neighbor at the residence, who asked to remain anonymous, said the man had gotten into a “fight with some guys” a couple weeks prior to Saturday’s incident.
“About two weeks ago, some guys showed up with baseball bats and started banging on the cellar windows where [he] lives. The guys ran off,” the neighbor said. “Then last night I heard, like, two to three gunshots and a lot of screaming. I called 911.”
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