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14-year-old Queens girl shot in neck was likely unintended target of gang gunfire

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A 14-year-old Queens girl with a “hardworking” family was likely the unintended target of gang-related gunfire when she was shot in the neck, law enforcement sources said Thursday.

Innocent bystander Kaitlyn Lau — known by neighbors as a “great kid” with a “beautiful family” — was caught in the crossfire when a gunman possibly linked to the 1400 Crew opened fire in Fresh Meadows Wednesday, the sources said.

The unknown shooter struck Lau in the neck once and hit Ahmed Khalji, 18, in the hip, along with Rikhai Connelly, 18, in the leg on 188th Street near 186th Lane, the sources said.

A tenant of Lau’s family was floored to learn the teenager was hurt in a street beef that had likely had nothing to do with her.

“I’m definitely in shock! She’s a great kid! They’re a beautiful family. They have two kids, they’re all very hardworking,  oh my God! This is very scary,” said Fedora Gurrero, 35. “I have a 10 yr old daughter. [If] this happened in this neighborhood. It can, anywhere. Oh my God.”

**ON SPEC** 042722, 2 shot at 84 50 188th st fresh meadows qns. unknown conditions of vics. shell cassing on ground might be gang related very quiet area.cops investigating. photos on speck by ellis kaplan
After the shooting, all three victims were rushed to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Ellis Kaplan

A group of teens may have been headed to the Blaze Pizzaria at around 4 p.m. when two men began yelling at them — and one of them pulled out a gun, according to law enforcement. 

“I came upstairs and heard 10 or 12 shots! I looked out my window and saw the kids running, 15 or 16 of them,” witness and neighbor Patrice Fredrick, 68, told The Post Thursday. “I heard the kids yelling, ‘They shot! They shot!’ 

“I’m in shock because this type of stuff doesn’t happen here. I moved from Manhattan to this neighborhood because it’s quiet and safe,” she said. “New York’s getting crazy! The craziness has moved in here.”

042722, 2 shot at 84 50 188th st fresh meadows qns. unknown conditions of vics. shell cassing on ground might be gang related very quiet area.cops investigating.




The unknown shooter struck Kaitlyn Lau in the neck once and hit Ahmed Khalji in the hip, along with Rikhai Connelly in the leg.
Ellis Kaplan

After the shooting, all three victims were rushed to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to law enforcement sources.

A man who answered the door in medical scrubs at the sprawling home of Lau on Thursday declined to comment.

No arrests had been made Thursday.

-Additional reporting by Larry Celona

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