VIDEO: Woman shot in the face with a pellet gun in a possible Middle Village hate crime

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UPDATED March 31, 9:43 a.m.

Police have released video of a vehicle wanted in a pellet gun shooting along a Middle Village street earlier this week that is reportedly being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Law enforcement sources said someone in a late-model white sedan pulled up alongside a 55-year-old woman as she walked in the area of Eliot Avenue and 69th Street on the Middle Village/Maspeth border at 1:10 a.m. on March 28.

Authorities said an individual in the car then pulled out a BB gun and fired a projectile that struck the woman in the face, causing a laceration. According to WABC-TV, the men in the car drove past the woman and hurled anti-Hispanic slurs.

The vehicle then fled the scene; it was last seen heading westbound on Eliot Avenue on video footage taken from a nearby car wash.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; the woman was treated at her home for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police described the suspects as white males.

Anyone with information regarding the assault or the suspects’ whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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