BRONX A police officer was shot in the Bronx on Saturday evening around 8:30 P.M.
A New York City police officer survived a shooting in the Bronx on Saturday night as he sat in a marked patrol vehicle in what the police commissioner said was “an assassination attempt.”
The gunman remained at large as late on Saturday night, the authorities said at a news conference at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx where the wounded officer was being treated.
The officer, who was not identified and who was in the driver’s seat, was hit in the chin and neck, near the carotid artery, the commissioner, Dermot F. Shea, said. “It’s a miracle we are not here under worse circumstances,” he said.
The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. at Barretto and East 163rd Streets. Two uniformed officers, who were assigned to the 41st Precinct, were in a marked police van when a man approached and asked for directions, Commissioner Shea said.
“Without provocation, the man pulls out a gun,” he said.
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Multiple shots were fired at the van. Officers did not return fire, the commissioner said. A motive was unknown but the commissioner said the shooting amounted to “an assassination attempt” on the officers.
The commissioner said the officers had been posted in the neighborhood because there had been reports of drug dealing and shootings there recently.
The commissioner said the unprovoked attack evoked memories of other attacks on the police over the years, including the killings of two Brooklyn officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. “This harkens back to some very bad times,” he said.
In 1988, a police officer was shot while he sat alone in his patrol car guarding the home of a man who had testified in a drug case.
On Saturday, the National Fraternal Order of Police, which calls itself the largest police union in the country, decried the shooting in the Bronx.
“Attacks on law enforcement are becoming more and more prevalent,” the union wrote on Twitter. “Our heroes are finding themselves under fire simply because of the uniform they wear! This madness must stop!”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the news conference: “There is just too much hatred out there right now. There is too much hatred in general, and there is too much hatred being directed at our officers.”
(NYT- NYPD )