A police officer is hospitalized after being shot 3 times in Brooklyn whereas responding to a capturing late Wednesday evening. This comes as shootings are on the rise throughout town.
The incident unfolded at 11:11 p.m. after ShotSpotter, the NYPD’s expertise that detects gunfire, was activated close to the intersection of Madison Avenue and Broadway close to the Bushwick/Stuyvesant Heights border, in keeping with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea at a information briefing early Thursday morning. Two uniformed officers and a sergeant in an unmarked automotive had been headed to the scene after they discovered a bleeding man as he was strolling on Macon Avenue and Howard Avenue, a number of blocks from the incident.
When the person stopped, he took out a firearm and commenced capturing, triggering a gunfight, in keeping with Shea.
“The sergeant within the auto doesn’t hearth his weapon,” Shea stated, whereas joined by Mayor Invoice de Blasio and high-ranking NYPD officers. “One of many officers fires 12 rounds. One of many officers fires 9 rounds. The officer that fires 9 rounds — and we’re not figuring out him at the moment as we full notifications — is struck, we consider, 3 times.”
The officer was hit within the vest, proper leg, and rear finish, Shea stated. He was rushed to NYC Well being + Hospitals/Kings County and is anticipated to get better. The suspect was shot as soon as within the leg and arrested on the scene.
“That is an instance of extraordinary bravery,” de Blasio stated. “Listed here are officers in a scenario after they see somebody performing suspiciously. And so they go and do what we rely on them to do each single day and shield our fellow New Yorkers. And so they do it with braveness and bravado.”
Police didn’t clarify whether or not the shooter was linked to the incident at Madison Avenue and Broadway. Shea stated surveillance video there confirmed a person working as much as a white SUV with three males inside and firing a gun. The suspect killed one man and wounded one other, in keeping with Shea. The SUV drove off, however quickly crashed. Shea stated the boys contained in the automobile had been recognized gang members with legal data.
Shootings have elevated to this point this yr: NYPD stats noting incidents as much as Might 2nd present a complete of 416 capturing incidents this yr, in comparison with 216 throughout the identical interval in 2020, an 83% improve. The variety of capturing victims stands at 463 to this point this yr, in comparison with 259 the identical time a yr in the past, a 78% leap.
The gunfight additionally comes days after a 4-year-old woman and two others had been shot by stray bullets in Occasions Sq.. A suspect in that capturing was apprehended in Florida on Wednesday. It additionally comes a number of weeks after an alleged drunk driver crashed their automotive right into a freeway police officer whereas on obligation.
“Once more, we discover ourselves within the hospital in the midst of the evening,” Shea stated. “It is by the grace of God that we’re not about to start out planning for a second funeral.”