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$10,000 reward offered in stray-bullet shooting that killed mom at Queens home

Queens mom fatally shot by stray bullet in
Posted at 8:36 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 08:36:42-04

JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens — Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in connection to a stray-bullet shooting that killed a Queens mom inside her apartment.

NYPD’s Crime Stoppers unit offered a $2,500 reward upon the arrest and indictment of the person or people responsible for the incident while the NYPD announced a $7,500 reward.

Police said 43-year-old Bertha Arriaga was in her bedroom in the family's Jackson Heights apartment when she was suddenly struck by a bullet in the head around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The mom of three heard noises outside on the street and went to look out the window when she was shot, according to her brother-in-law.

Her 14-year-old son heard the window shatter and rushed in to find his mother wounded and bleeding on the floor, Aguilar and police said.

According to authorities, an attempted bike theft took place when the shot rang out. Police released surveillance video of two persons of interest.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Contributed reporting by PIX11's Mark Sundstrom, Anthony DiLorenzo and Nicole Johnson.