NYPD Officer Shot by a man in a black jacket who opened fire on him sitting in a van in New York City. The mayor called an “assassination attempt.”
Two New York City police officers narrowly escaped with their lives when a gunman fired into their patrol van Saturday night, wounding one of them in an attack.
The officer was wounded and is expected to survive. A second officer was not hit. Both officers were sitting in a van in the Bronx on Saturday night when someone came up to them and asked a question, a law enforcement official stated. When an officer answered, the shooter opened fire, hitting one close to the jaw.
The ambush, which Police Commissioner Dermot Shea stated “should outrage all New Yorkers,” occurred just before 8:30 pm in the South Bronx.
The NYPD officer at the wheel of the van was shot and grazed in the chin and neck, though he evaded severe injury, Shea stated. He was expected to released from the hospital Sunday.
“He is lucky to be alive,” Shea told. “He is expected to make a full recovery and it is a miracle.”
Shea said the shooting “harkens back to some very bad times,” recalling other unprovoked attacks on police officers sitting in their patrol vehicles.
The shooter is still at large and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $12,500 for information on his whereabouts.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the officer in the driver’s seat yelled, ‘Gun!’ when the shooter pulled out a weapon without provocation.
The injured officer was last said to be conscious and alert and expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday.
Shea, New York police union leader Patrick Lynch and Mayor Bill de Blasio described the shooting as an “assassination attempt.”
“What we know is that multiple shots were fired by the perpetrator at close proximity into the van,” he stated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized what he called a “blind hatred” toward officers, saying he’s grateful they were not seriously injured.
“Tonight we saw a heinous assassination attempt against NYPD officers in a marked police van,” de Blasio stated. “Thank God we can report our officers survived and will be able to go home to their families safe and sound. … We will stop at nothing to find the perpetrator and bring him to justice.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, convicted the latest attack at a news briefing outside the Bronx hospital where the wounded officer was being treated.
“There’s too much hatred in general, there’s too much hatred being directed at our officers, and it has to end,” the mayor declared. “We have to move forward in a situation like this and find a way to create a peaceful society, not one where those who protect us are in danger in this way.”
Officers had a basic description of the gunman, who fled after the shooting, but his identity was unknown. Security video that appeared to capture the NYPD officer in the gunshot, explicates the van driving quickly away as a man appeared to point something at the fleeing vehicle.
The officers had been stationed in the neighborhood because of recent drug activity and violence, Shea said.
The president of the police union, Pat Lynch, told the department will use “all its resources” to bring the shooter to justice.
“This is absolutely unacceptable in this city or any place,” de Blasio said.
NYPD officials were actively seeking the gunman Saturday evening. And he was described as a man between 20 and 30 years of age, wearing a black jacket.
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