The NYPD is investigating two shootings of officers within 12 hours of each other to see if they are connected to the same suspect. The two incidents have sparked outrage and finger-pointing at the NY Governor and NYC Mayor:
In the first incident, a man approached the officers’ van and asked for directions. He pulled out a gun “without provocation,” and shot towards the officers. Neither officer returned fire. The officer at the wheel of the van was grazed in the chin and neck. He was released from the hospital Sunday. Lucky guy!
Fox News is reporting that a gunman also opened fire inside an NYC police precinct on Sunday morning, investigators said. A second officer was shot inside the headquarters of the 41st Precinct in the Bronx. He’s in stable condition, according to Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
The gunman continued to fire multiple rounds “at point-blank range” into a room filled with officers and a civilian member of the department but did not hit any in the room. Lucky officers! Only after running out of bullets did the gunman lay down on the ground and surrender.
The suspect was immediately taken into custody. According to police officials, the suspect has a lengthy and violent criminal history and was paroled in 2017. The gun used by the suspect is being tested to see if the man committed both crimes.
President Trump condemned the shootings in a tweet early Sunday:
“I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s ‘Finest’ are,” Trump wrote. “Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault. Stop this now!”