The baby who was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting with her mother in a parked car in The Bronx was pictured for the first time on Friday, as her aunt revealed that the child was spending her first birthday in the hospital undergoing brain surgery.
Marta Orellana wrote in the description of an online fundraiser that her niece, Catherine Rose Ortiz, was recovering from brain surgery after suffering ‘a horrific trauma.’
‘I would like to help Catherine and her family with some financial assistance,’ Orellana wrote on her GoFundMe page. ;They have to deal with so much already and the last thing they need to worry about are all the financial issues that arise from medical treatment, especially with having to take time away from work and still having to cover their child’s essentials while she recovers.’
The aunt shared a sweet photo of her smiling niece, dressed in a floral shirt, a bib and a pink knit hat.
The fundraiser so far has drawn nearly $10,000 in donations from well-wishers.
Catherine Rose Ortiz survived being shot in the head and celebrated her first birthday in the hospital on Friday after undergoing brain surgery
Miraida Gomez, 32, Catherine’s mom, said her daughter is expected to survive
The shooting of the child on Wednesday night shocked the city, which is grappling with rising crime rates and mounting public safety concerns.
Miraida Gomez, 32, Catherine’s mother, previously told New York Post that her daughter was stable at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan on Thursday.
‘She’s going to be OK,’ the mom told the outlet outside her apartment in The Bronx. ‘God willing. It’s in God’s hands.’
Gomez and her husband, Louis Ortiz, also have two older daughters, ages 8 and 9.
Family member Nancy Ortiz said Catherine is just learning to walk.
Earlier on Thursday, police released heart-stopping video footage showing the moment a gunman shot baby Catherine in the face while chasing a rival through The Bronx.
In the recording, the suspect – dressed in dark clothing, including a black Nike hoodie – races around a corner in Bedford Park with a gun in his hand.
He can be seen opening fire, while a rival dashes away, and disappears from the camera shot. The gunman, who has not been named or arrested, can be seen pausing and firing shots close to two pale cars.
It is unclear which vehicle Catherine was in, but she was struck while sitting next to her mom, who mistook the bullet for a rock hitting their parked car.
Moments later, the gunman can be seen running back down the street and out of sight. His tiny victim was rushed to hospital in a critical but stable condition. Her blood-stained pink coat was photographed lying on the ground afterwards.
Screenshots from surveillance video released by the NYPD shows a man pulling out a gun and firing while pursuing another person in Bedford Park, The Bronx, on Wednesday, leaving an 11-month-old baby gravely wounded
Cones mark evidence from the scene of Wednesday night’s shooting, with the 11-month-old victim’s pink coat stained red with blood
The child is the latest victim of a surging wave of violence that has overwhelmed New York City, with shootings, assaults and rapes all skyrocketing, and which the new mayor, Eric Adams, is determined to curtail, despite lenient state bail reform laws that have seen repeat offenders released back into the community.
The mother’s husband was at a nearby store at the time of the shooting and ran outside when he heard his wife’s screams. During a press conference near the scene, Mayor Adams described how the dad cradled his wounded daughter, dressed in a pink coat stained red with her blood.
One of the gunmen is caught on camera fleeing on foot, back past the deli, and they both remain at large.
The little girl, who turns one on Friday, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical but stable condition, before being intubated and transferred to Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. No further updates on her condition have been given.
Adams visited the child and her mother on Wednesday night in the hospital, the mayor told reporters.
One of the two sought gunmen is seen on the left running back past a corner deli after spraying the area with bullets
One of two gunmen who opened fire in the Bronx on Wednesday night, injuring a baby, is seen with his gun
A man can be seen running from the shooting after the baby was shot. Both gunmen remain at large
Police are seen on the corner of East 198th street in the Bronx following the 6:45pm Wednesday shooting
A heavy police presence is seen in the Bronx on Wednesday night after the shooting
The street is seen taped off on Wednesday night, as locals gathered to observe
Police patrol cars block the street after the 6:45pm shooting on Wednesday in the Bronx
Adams said that ‘the first thing the mother did when she walked in the room, she grabbed our hands and she prayed.’ The woman and her husband have two other children.
‘When I hear people say that we should not incarcerate those who are discharging bullets of death through our community, they need to talk to this mother,’ Adams said.
The 52nd Precinct tweeted: ‘Due to Police activity, please avoid the vicinity of East 198 Street between Bainbridge and Grand Concourse.
‘Expect Emergency vehicles and delays in the area.’
The shooting came as the newly-minted mayor struggles to get a grip on violence in the city.
Adams, a former NYPD officer, was elected on a campaign promise to reduce soaring crime, but in the first two weeks of his term shootings have continued to rise.
There have been 52 shootings in the week to January 16, with 57 victims – an increase of 15.6 percent on 2021.
Total crime is up 35 percent, year on year, according to CompStat.
Adams is seen on Wednesday night at the scene of the shooting, after visiting the family in hospital
Adams, a former NYPD officer, tweeted that the violence was unacceptable and must stop
At the scene on Wednesday night, Adams described the shooting as a ‘wake up call’ and said: ‘I refuse to surrender New York City to violence.’
The 61-year-old tweeted: ‘An 11-month-old baby shot in the Bronx.
‘If that’s not a wake up call, I don’t know what is.
‘It should be unimaginable that this would happen in our city. But it did.
‘Leaders at every level have abandoned city streets. I won’t. I refuse to surrender New York City to violence.’
Adams added: ‘We will not give up the fight to keep babies like her safe.’
He appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.
On Tuesday night, Adams addressed a Times Square vigil for a 40-year-old Deloitte executive who died on Saturday when a mentally ill homeless man pushed her into the path of an oncoming train.
Adams said the violence has to stop.
‘Right here in Times Square, I served as a police officer, and spent many days in the early ’80s wearing a blue uniform as a police officer – a transit police officer, watching where we were,’ he told the crowd.
‘Swearing and committed that we would never go back.’
Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, is seen on Tuesday night at a vigil for Michelle Alyssa Go, who was pushed under a subway train on Saturday by a mentally ill homeless man
Go, 40, is beamed on to the side of Times Square during Tuesday night’s vigil
Go’s friends and colleagues and hundreds of well-wishers gathered in Times Square to pay their respects
Tributes to the 40-year-old ‘fearless’ Deloitte executive, who grew up in San Francisco, were on display on Tuesday night
The vigil was organized by Asians Fighting Injustice, and founder Eric Wei told the New York Post the group is demanding that City Hall set up an Asian-American task force to address ongoing concerns over anti-Asian violence.
Anti-Asian crime was up 361 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, with 129 anti-Asian crimes, according to the NYPD – and 183 anti-Semitic crimes.
Simon Martial, 61, who was well known to police, has been arrested for shoving Go.
It is unknown if her racial background was a factor in the 9:40am attack on Saturday, but police suggested it was random.
Martial – who admitted to killing her – ranted publicly after his arrest that he was God, and was allowed to do it.
Adams on Sunday sparked widespread anger by seeming to downplay the concerns of subway riders.
‘New Yorkers are safe on the subway system,’ he said.
‘I think it’s about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system.
‘Think about that for a moment. What we must do is remove the perception of fear.’
On Tuesday, before the vigil, he backtracked and admitted there was a problem – reversing his previous stance.
Adams is seen on Tuesday holding a press conference in City Hall, in which he admitted he does not feel safe on the subway
‘Day One, January 1, when I took the train, I saw the homelessness, the yelling, the screaming early in the morning, crimes right outside the platform,’ he said, during an in-person City Hall press briefing.
‘We know we have a job to do — and we’re going to do both.
‘We’re going to drive down crime, and we’re going to make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system.
‘And they don’t feel that way now. I don’t feel that way when I take the train every day, or when I’m moving throughout our transportation system.’