Two New York City police officers were gunned down by a “career criminal” suspect on the eve of Thanksgiving in the Bronx, which Mayor Bill de Blasio said “are too many guns.”
“It’s another example of an out-of-state gun coming into our city and hurting a New Yorker,” de Blasio said. “This is something we have to deal with in a very different way. But in the meantime, thank goodness there is another gunman off the street for the bravery of these just absolutely extraordinary officers.”
The mayor also noted that the officers showed “incredible courage” and was grateful for them and for the fact that they are recovering from their injuries.
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Commissioner Dermot Shea said the shooting was carried out by a “career criminal with far too many arrests, still on the streets of New York City.” He did not identify the suspect or injured officers during the press conference.
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“What we know about this firearm is that it was reported stolen in Georgia last year. Obviously, like far too many guns, it has come to New York City and caused massacres on the streets,” Shea added of the weapon used. at the crime.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, also agreed during the press conference that there are too many guns on the streets of New York, but noted that the problem stems from the fact that criminals are not afraid to to carry firearms.
“But offenders are not afraid to wear them,” he said. “They’re not afraid to put it in their belt, put it in their pocket and pull it out from a police officer. That’s the problem.”
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Shea said the community did its job Wednesday night by calling 911 in response to the shooting, adding, “It’s time for the rest of the system to do its job and make the streets as safe as possible.”
One of the officers, a woman who has been on duty for about a year, was beaten twice in the right upper arm. She returned fire and shot the suspect. She is expected to survive.
Her partner, a male officer with eight years in the police force, was shot in the armpit area. He is also expected to survive the injuries.
The unidentified suspect was shot at a total of three times and had surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital at the time of the press conference. His condition had moved to critically critical, the New York Times reported after speaking with an NYPD detective just after 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.
The manager of 7 Days & Nights Deli on 187th Street, Malik Alsaedi, heard the shots around 8 p.m. Wednesday and called 911, he told the New York Times.
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“When I heard the shots, I didn’t think they were that close. I didn’t think they were a block away,” Alsaedi said. “But when I walked out, I realized it was something serious.”
The attack comes exactly a year after two NYPD officers were shot and injured in an ambush while responding to a report on domestic violence in Queens.