A gunman attacked the home of an NYPD officer on Long Island in the early hours of Monday, injecting 30 bullets into the property and grazing her in the head in what police say could be a case of identity swapping.
Nathaly Gomez Iglesias, 23, was eating dinner at home and escaped serious injury in the 2:30 a.m. incident in Brentwood.
Police believe the gunmen were looking for her sister’s boyfriend, who… The New York Daily News said he was a known member of the MS-13 gang.
“The investigation has determined that the incident was not random,” the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement on Monday.
Nathaly Gomez Iglesias, 23, narrowly escaped early Monday morning when a gunman riddled her home with 30 bullets. She was eating in the house at the time of the 2:30 a.m. attack, and her head was hit by a bullet, but she was not seriously injured.
Gomez, who joined the police force in 2019, was taken to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“We heard the shots, but we don’t remember anything because we were asleep,” said neighbor Iris Hernandez, 44.
She told The Daily News: ‘At first I thought they were shots, but there were so many that I thought then maybe they were fireworks.
“So that’s what happened – we stayed there and really thought it was fireworks. It wasn’t until I went to the bathroom that I realized all the police were here. It’s worrisome.’
The house was badly damaged by the wild attack.
At least one bullet shattered the front door glass and another went through a windshield, The Daily News reported.
More bullets pierced the letterbox, siding, and bricks at the front of the house, and another blew out the window of a white sedan in the driveway.
Gomez, seen with her certificate, joined the NYPD in 2019 and is located in a Jamaica district, Queens
The 23-year-old lived in the Brentwood home with her mother and her sister, who was dating a man who was allegedly an MS-13 gang member.
The officer, stationed at the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, lives with her sister and mother.
She said The New York Post she had nothing to say about the incident.
“I don’t want to talk,” she said.
Suffolk Police confirmed the incident.
“Shots were fired at a house on Morton Street at approximately 2:30 a.m.,” the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement.
“There were several people in the house at the time and an adult woman was hit by a bullet. The woman was treated at a local hospital and released.’
Long Island is known for its MS-13 violence.
The street gang originated in Los Angeles prisons in the 1980s and spread back to El Salvador, where most senior leaders are now based.
In January The New York Times reported that MS-13 has been linked by federal prosecutors to more than 55 homicides in New York City and Long Island over the past decade.
In mid-January, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced charges against the transnational gang’s leadership, indicting terrorism against what they called the criminal organization’s “board of directors” — 14 of its top leaders, most of them imprisoned in El Salvador.
In 2015, MS-13 had tens of thousands of members in more than 200 different groups in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and elsewhere, the indictment said.
The group’s members also dealt in drugs, extort individuals and companies, and channel the proceeds of their crimes back to MS-13 members in El Salvador, the indictment says.