|The pregnant woman shot outside a Brooklyn school by her estranged husband feared that the jilted man would try kill her, she told the Daily News on Saturday.|
Daisy Torres, 27, who is four months pregnant by another man, was about to pick up her daughter at Public School 384 in Bushwick on Friday when the confrontation unfolded.
Her husband, Juan Torres, 62, squeezed off one round from a .22-caliber pistol and hit her in the chest about 2:15 p.m., cops said.
"When I saw him with the gun, it didn't surprise me," Daisy Torres said. "He had threatened me before. He told me that my daughter was going to be raised without a mother. I lived in fear."
She was nursing her wound at her Bushwick apartment Saturday after being released from Kings County Hospital. The unborn child was not hurt.
"Thank God she is doing all right," said Hector Reyes, her boyfriend, who is the father of the unborn child.
"She just wanted to live her life. He didn't know how to let go."
Juan Torres was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt for breaking stay-away orders.
The accused shooter's nephew, Kevin Torres, 41, said his uncle believed Daisy had merely used him to escape the Dominican Republic.
"I'm furious about what he did," he added. "What he did was wrong...He just lost it because of what this woman did to him." He said the couple met five years ago in the Dominican Republic and married a month later, when she said she was pregnant. But once they moved to Brooklyn, the woman started trying to leave his uncle, the nephew said.
"He got set up," he said. "He totally lost it." He never expected Torres to resort to gunfire. "He was calling her all the time, wanting her to go back to live with him," Reyes said. "But there was nothing to suspect he would do this.
Update following day:
he pregnant woman shot by her jealous husband recalled Sunday the terrifying moment when he threw her to the ground and aimed a gun right at her head.
“I fought for my life,” Daisy Torres, 27, said Sunday in an interview in her Bushwick apartment. She is recovering after her estranged husband, Juan Torres Collazo, 62, blasted her in the chest outside Public School 384 on Friday.
She was picking up their 5-year-old daughter when Collazo confronted her with a .22-caliber pistol.
“He came out of nowhere and pointed the gun at my head,” Torres said in a near-whisper in Spanish. “I kept trying to get the gun away from my head.”
Torres, who is four months pregnant, met Collazo about six years ago in her native Dominican Republic. He became abusive, she says, when they moved to New York a year later.
She filed a restraining order after leaving him more than a year ago and is in the process of divorcing him. But that wasn’t enough to keep him away from her Friday.
“He kept saying ‘I’m going to kill you,’” she said. “I threw him to the ground. He shot twice. He was determined to shoot me in the head.”
Hector Reyes, her current boyfriend and the father of her unborn child, heard her cries for help.
“I jumped out of the car and tackled him,” Reyes said. “He shot twice, and once more once we had him on the ground.”
Two young men witnessed the struggle and ran to help, he said, holding Collazo down until cops came.
“That’s when I noticed I had been shot in the chest,” Torres said. “I was afraid for my life and my baby.”
The baby was unharmed, but the bullet remains stuck under her breast. An operation is scheduled in two weeks to remove it.
Collazo is charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt for breaking the order of protection.
“I’m afraid he will leave jail one day and finish what he started,” Torres said. “I feel lucky I’m alive and that my baby is okay.