Innocent Grandma Killed While Running Errands by Gang

A beloved Bronx grandmother was shot dead while running errands Thursday afternoon when a suspected gang member shot at a rival in a busy commercial area.

Footage obtained by The Post shows Enriqueta Rivera, 71, crumbling to the concrete in broad daylight near a Mott Haven crosswalk as the gunman and his target scatter in opposite directions.

“She was a sweet woman,” said longtime neighbor Luis Gutierrez, 46. “A beautiful person. She had just retired. She was enjoying her downtime. She had two teacup Yorkies that she adored.”

Gutierrez said Rivera was the matriarch of a large family and frequently hosted relatives at her apartment — and occasionally prepared food for his wife and kids as well.

“She loved her family,” he said. “Every other Saturday her two daughters would come by and have a family gathering, a lot music, food. Just having a great time together.”

The grieving neighbor — who lit a memorial candle in front of her apartment building Friday afternoon — said the area has become engulfed in violence.

Enriqueta Rivera was shot dead Wednesday afternoon.
Grandmother Enriqueta Rivera was shot dead Thursday afternoon.

“It’s like a kid growing up in Kuwait, in the Gaza Strip,” he said. “These are things you just have to adjust to.”

Carmen Pagan, 65, a worker at a hair salon near the scene of the murder, said locals are afraid to walk the streets amid spiking crime and flying bullets.

“Business is down,” she said. “They don’t want to be around the corner. [The violence] is gonna keep on. It’s happened three days back to back. And they’re not going to do anything. The police, the mayor, they never do anything about it. We’re all by ourselves here in the Bronx.”

Police said Rivera was desperately attempting to flee the sound of gunshots when she was hit in the back.

The combatants were arguing on East 138th Street near Brook Avenue just after 12:30 p.m., when one of them began spraying bullets in the teeming commercial area, cops said.

Another innocent bystander, a 34-year-old woman, was shot in the arm and is expected to survive.

“Those bullets struck two innocent people standing out on the street,” said NYPD Assistant Chief Benjamin Gurley at a news briefing Thursday night.

Mott Haven crime scene.
The scene of Rivera’s murder in Mott Haven.

The lethal violence was just one of three shootings over the past week that left four innocent bystanders injured – including an 8-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet just after getting off his school bus Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators believe the shootings could be tied to worsening gang activity.

“We believe that these shootings have gang nexus or crew nexus to them,” Gurley said.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark characterized Rivera as an adored figure in her local community who was just “standing there minding her own business.”

“This has got to stop … Enough is enough,” Clark said.

“This is happening in broad-daylight,” she stressed, as authorities pleaded with witnesses to come forward. “We cannot allow this to continue to happen.”

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  1. If you want this level of lawlessness keep on voting Democratic at ever election and nothing will change except it will get worse. The Democratic Party of today is not the same one in the 60’s and 70’s. Today they are run by gangs, crime bosses, and legislators who make money while decreasing your security. If you want to stop 50% of the crime get rid go Biden, close the souther border with deadly force if necessary, and go after the C&C of the drug cartels. Stop the flow from Mexico and China.

  2. the thugs in gov’t. write laws to benefit the thugs on the street. Property owners need to cut off this waste and fraud that the pubic serpents spend on stupid “programs”.

  3. Yeppers, just another usual part of the evil Democrats’ beloved junkies CRIME WAVE of 75 MURDERS DAILY plus MILLIONS of OTHER DAILY CRIMES…

  4. Americans are sick of Democrat MISMANAGED Cities and States.

    Americans are sick of the Gang Violence.
    Where most Democrat Politicians have been voted in through CHEATING and FRAUD.

    Stop election Fraud.
    Everyone needs to Petition states to DESTROY Soros-owned voting CHEATING MACHINES.

    Americans are sick of media droning on like the TEMPORARY Covid Election laws are have been on the books forever.

    NO MEDIA – the TEMPORARY Covid laws are ILLEGAL.
    Voting is supposed to occur on election DAY only.
    Not for a month before election day.

    Voting is supposed to be IN PERSON.
    Absentee ballots are supposed to be the exception, not the rule.

    Americans want the DEMOCRAT KLEPTOCRACY removed from government.

  5. No doubt who ever killed this innocent woman, will end up getting off with a slap on the wrist, if he is even found! This is called democrat party Utopia!

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