Reina Dearisty, standing near a chair with a bullet hole, says she’s still traumatized by a Tuesday shooting targeting a 12-year-old boy in her Columbus Ave. shop.
The traumatized owner of an Upper West Side barbershop says she was stunned when two bullets aimed at a 12-year-old boy whizzed through her shop Tuesday.
Reina Dearisty, the owner of La Rubia de Columbus on Columbus Ave. near 106th St., recalled chatting on the phone when a gunman stood on the sidewalk outside, pulled a gun out of his waistband and squeezed off two shots targeting the child in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, she stood beside the bullet hole in a chair cushion and said it lingers as a painful reminder that violence can strike at any moment.
"I’m still a little traumatized. Can you imagine?" Dearisty said.
The boy, who police believe is in a youth gang, was waiting for a haircut when the triggerman asked him through the open door if he was from the Douglas Houses, then fired the shots, cops said. The bullets flew through the open door of the shop and into a coat rack in the back around 2:40 p.m., police said.
Police at the crime scene on Tuesday.
"He would have shot more times, but his gun got stuck," Dearisty said.
She added that she was shocked when the 12-year-old boy chased after the gunman.
"I remember thinking, he’s so brave. He’s going after him and wasn’t even armed," she said. "I don’t know what problems they had, but he’s still a child. Why try to shoot him like that?"
Dearisty said she doesn’t know the youth by name but that he’s an occasional customer.
Dearisty was shocked the 12-year-old target of the shooting tried to chase the attacker.
"I hope he’s OK. And I hope that man never comes back," she said.
Jose Vargas, who runs a nearby money exchange business, saw the shooting live through a security monitor.
"I was thinking, this is in the middle of the afternoon. What’s happening?" he said. "I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him take out his gun. I haven’t seen anything like this in this area in a long time."