NYPD detective, 26, wounded after stray bullet smashes through his cruiser window
A New York City detective was injured in a daylight shooting in Brooklyn after a bullet went through his cruiser window.
An unidentified detective, 26, was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition with a shoulder injury after being involved in a shooting around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Pitkin Avenue and Legion Street in Brownsville.
The officer was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The five-year veteran of the Corps was reportedly stopped at a traffic light when “at least one shot” shattered the window by a man on foot.
It is unclear whether the bullet hit the officer or whether he was injured by the shards of the glass.
Police said during a news conference Thursday evening that it appeared that the gunman was not aiming at the officer, but at another white car driving north on the street.
Two officers reportedly ran after the gunman after the shooting. The gunman is still at large and he ducked into a nearby courtyard, the NYPD assistant chief of police said.
The 9mm gun was also recovered at the scene and the officer reportedly worked as a district coordinator for the 73rd district.
A New York City detective was injured in a Brooklyn daylight shooting after a bullet slammed through his cruiser window (pictured)
Police at the scene of the shooting on Pitkin Avenue and Legion Street in Brownsville about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday
A 9mm gun was found on site (photo), but the gunman remains at large
Local residents said they were wary of the shooting but were not surprised by it.
A local named Dallas told the New York Post he was playing dominoes with a friend when he heard the loud gunshots ring out.
“We heard shots, about six shots. It was a rapid fire,” he told the outlet.
Another man said he “hit the floor” when he heard the shots.
Both men said they saw police running after the attacker.
“A female cop and a male cop ran down the block behind him. That’s what happened. The police car was parked right in front of the light when it went out,” the unknown man told the Post.
‘What are you going to do? I’ve lived in this neighborhood all my life. It’s nothing new,” he said.
Dallas agreed, telling the outlet, “It’s our neighborhood. Always happens in this neighborhood.’
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell called the shooting a “scandal and unacceptable,” while Mayor Eric Adams criticized the Supreme Court for halting the state’s gun laws.
“Our work is getting harder,” he said Thursday evening. †[There’s] too many guns on the streets, with too many bad people returning to our streets to do bad things to innocent people.”
“Increasingly, we need every arm of the criminal justice system to participate in this battle and we feel we are not,” he said bluntly of the Supreme Court.
He also said the gunman “had no respect for the innocent people of this community” and that the officers were lucky enough to sustain minor injuries.
The mayor also highlighted an ongoing trend he sees in hospitals after officers were injured by relatives who are retired members of the police force.
“There’s a generation of families that are the good guys and we’re fighting the bad guys,” Adams said. “We’re not going to turn our streets over to violence.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) said there are ‘too many guns on the streets’ and vowed not to give up ‘our streets to violence’
Paul Digiacomo, the chairman of the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA), called for a special firearms prosecutor and said he has been asking the New York governor to do so for “two years” as the state — and especially the city – dealing with an ongoing gun problem.
Another man, who did not identify himself, spoke at the press conference and called the situation a “crisis.”
“We’re in a crisis now,” he began. “This crisis didn’t start this summer, this crisis started several years ago… we are all together and realize that there is a crisis.
“We need the city council, the assembly, the senate and the governor’s office to realize we are in a crisis and to give us the tools and support we need to do the job,” he said. . “Change and reform the laws they have taken from us.”
The press conference was complicated by the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal New York’s 108-year gun law, which severely limited licenses to carry a concealed weapon.