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Two men armed with semi-automatic pistols jumped out of a car Sunday night at a stop light on Fillmore Avenue and shot a 22-year-old woman who was riding in another car, police said today.

Angela Biles of Stevens Street was shot in the neck when the two men peppered her friend's Jeep Cherokee with gunfire near the Kensington Expressway for no apparent reason, said Assistant Chief of Detectives Gregory Simonian.

Seeing that his friend was injured, Marvin Hemphill of Humboldt Parkway drove to Sisters Hospital, where Ms. Biles was listed in critical but stable condition today, Simonian said.

"He took off. He saw that she had been shot," Simonian said.

Ms. Biles was apparently struck in the neck during the attack, which occurred about 10 p.m. when Hemphill had stopped at a red light. Simonian said the gray car used by the gunmen pulled alongside and bumped Hemphill's car as they both stopped at the light. Before Hemphill and Ms. Biles knew what was happening, the two suspects left their car and started shooting.

Police had earlier tried to determine if the gunmen were angry at Hemphill for possibly cutting them off, but that motive was discounted, Simonian said.

"No words were exchanged, or anything like that," said Simonian. "They just opened fire on them."

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