NC Woman Sues NYPD Over Empire State Shooting

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Duclos is a resident of Chapel Hill, N.C., and is in her second year studying physical therapy at the University of North Carolina. She said recovery from her injuries, including a shattered femur, slowed her education.

And if not for a detour through New York City, she said she may have never been shot.

She explained she had arrived by train at Grand Central Terminal and was walking with a friend across town to Pennsylvania Station to catch another train to a family reunion in New Jersey when she was shot as she crossed Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.

“I started to hear what I thought were gunshots,” she said. “Everything happened really quickly. People were starting to run, screaming and yelling.”

Moments later she felt what seemed like a punch to her left hip.

“All of a sudden I was on the ground,” she said. “I couldn’t move my leg; I knew I was hit by something but it was really hard to connect with the idea it would be a bullet.”

She said she is still working with physical therapists on regaining her mobility, only using a crutch when absolutely necessary.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

(Photo: AP)

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