Two more NYPD officers have been shot, reports NBC News. The non-fatal shootings occurred while the officers were responding to an armed robbery in the Bronx last night:
The officers, who were in plain clothes, were part of a group of five cops who were responding to a call about a robbery at a grocery store on East 180th Street in the Bronx, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. The officers were approaching two suspects who had just entered a nearby restaurant when one of the suspects opened fire, Bratton said. The officers returned fire and two of them were wounded.
Bratton said the suspects ran to Marion Avenue, where they carjacked a white Chevrolet Camaro from a man and a woman. A short time later, they abandoned the car and continued run, police said. Investigators recovered a black Ruger Blackhawk revolver nearby. The suspects have not yet been apprehended.
Both officers are alive, but in critical condition at St. Barnabas Hospital.
According Yahoo News, only hours earlier, “New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton held a press conference to announce a dip in crime in the city.” A whole lot of NYPD cops seem to be getting shot despite this whole “dip in crime.”
Regardless, according to Fox News, “New York Police Commissioner William Bratton described the suspects as two Hispanic men in their mid-to-late 20s.” This makes sense given that the precinct in which the shooting occurred contains a population that is approximately 75 percent Latino and 25 percent black.
A former officer who used to patrol the neighborhood said the following about it to CNN:
This was a rough neighborhood in the ’90s, and it still is today. Robberies were common when I worked there, and there were many shootings. Armed bad guys with the propensity to shoot someone.