NEW YORK CITY, NY – An NYPD officer is currently hospitalized after reportedly being shot multiple times by a suspected gang member after responding to a shots fired call within Brooklyn on the evening of May 12th.
Police officials say that the officer who was shot is expected to make a full recovery.
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) May 13, 2021
According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, it is believed that the injured officer, identified as 28-yeart-old Officer Brian McGurran, wound up responding to an incident involving alleged gang members entrenched in an ongoing feud.
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 12th, three men were sitting inside of a white SUV at a red light when a male suspect ran up to the SUV and opened fire on the three men inside. The driver of the SUV reportedly tried speeding off from the gunfire but crashed into a pole at Madison and Broadway.
Police officials say that two of the three occupants inside of the SUV were struck during the shooting, noting that 28-year-old Robert Randall was fatally shot, and 21-year-old Malik Lucas was non-fatally shot but remains in critical condition.
Reportedly all three of the males inside of the SUV that were fired upon were known gang members with extensive arrest records, according to Commissioner Shea.
A police sergeant and two officers, Officer McGurran being among them, were a few blocks away when they had gotten the ShotSpotter notification.
When responding to the area, the officers noticed a male suspect, later identified by officials as 26-year-old Boyce Hayward, walking briskly near the area of Saratoga Park.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 13, 2021
Officials say that when the officers went to approach Hayward, the suspect immediately pulled out a firearm and started shooting at the officers.
An exchange of gunfire ensued between police and the suspect, with Officer McGurran being shot in his vest, buttocks, and leg.
The suspect was non-fatally shot in the leg during the exchange as well.
Police officials are crediting the bullet proof vest as being what likely saved Officer McGurran from being seriously or fatally injured. Commissioner Shea stated that the injured officer “is in surprisingly good spirits, thankful to be alive.”
Below is a picture of the vest that saved our officers life. pic.twitter.com/gTjzUFKS3W
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 13, 2021
Hayward, who police say is a member of the Young Stackers gang, was apprehended at the scene of the shooting and is in custody at the hospital.
As of this time, Commissioner Shea says that it is unclear whether or not Hayward was involved in the shooting of the SUV that killed one and injured another.
However, investigators did recover 9mm shell casings at both the scene of the SUV shooting and the scene where officers came under fire with the suspect near Saratoga Park.
Authorities believe that the shooting of the SUV is connected to an ongoing gang war within the area.
Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the officers who responded to the incident, calling their actions an instance of “extraordinary bravery”:
“This is an example of extraordinary bravery. Here are our officers, in a situation where they see someone acting suspiciously, and they go and do what we depend on them to do every single day and protect their fellow New Yorkers.”
This is an ongoing investigation.
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In other news related to shootings in New York City, authorities are searching for the suspect who fatally shot a 20-year-old man in the Manhattan back in late April.
Here’s that previous report.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently released a video showing an alleged murder take place in broad day light on New York City’s Upper East Side.
🚨WANTED for HOMICIDE: Do you know this guy? On 4/26/21 at approx 2:13 PM, in front of 134 East 95 Street in Manhattan, the suspect shot a 20-year-old male victim in the chest, causing his death. Any information? DM @NYPDTips or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/JChzBCuR5a
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 1, 2021
The video, which was released on April 30th by the NYPD, showed the shooter holding a black handgun as he jumped out of a silver SUV parked alongside the victim’s car around 2:13 p.m. on Monday, April 26th.
The video shows the suspect then running behind the car and firing at least one shot inside of the vehicle. The suspected gunman quickly attempts to jump into the rear of the SUV again while its driver began speeding away with the trunk and passenger-side door open. The SUV then sideswipes a parked car before fleeing the area.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Chris Delinois of Brooklyn. Delinois was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Reportedly, the suspected gunman is still at large.
The suspected gunman was last seen wearing a black mask, hooded sweatshirt and jacket, dark sneakers, and tight navy blue sweatpants. This shooting comes during the City’s bloodiest week so far this year as gun violence continues to soar ahead of what could be another violent summer.
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) April 26, 2021
NYPD data shows that 50 people were shot in 46 separate incidents over a seven-day period ending on the evening of April 25th. This is more than a 250 percent surge from the same week in 2020.
According to police, the weekend of April 23rd-25th alone recorded nearly two dozen shootings to cap off the violent week. A retired NYPD officer was reportedly in the “wrong place at the wrong time” and was one of 15 people shot on Saturday, April 24th in the Big Apple.
The 30-year-old former officer was leaving a party in Red Hook, Brooklyn around 11:30 p.m. when she heard gun shots and realized she’d been hit three times in the torso. Officers believe that the shots came from a group of men who began brawling after they were denied entry into the party.
The retired officer, who left the force in 2019 after seven years on the job, was taken to a nearby hospital where she remained in stable condition as of Sunday, April 25th.
The rampage of gun violence in New York City continued on Sunday night through early Monday morning with another five people shot and wounded on the streets of #Brooklyn and #StatenIsland.https://t.co/xsb8Mk6yga
— amNewYork (@amNewYork) May 3, 2021
The nearly year-long trend in gunplay began during the spring of 2020 as New Yorkers grappled with the first wave of COVID-19. Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to claim that the troubling surge of gun violence is really just part of a “perfect storm” of variables caused by the pandemic.
The shootings, however, have shown no signs of slowing even as the city and state begin to slowly reopen. According to NYPD data, so far this year, 376 shootings have been reported with 416 victims.
The mayor announced his policing plan to curb the gun violence that the city continues to see, but nearly all of the measures have already been implemented back in 2020, including the “Summer All Out” initiative that failed to slow a months-long surge in shootings.
6 injured in New York City gun violence. https://t.co/X2j9ZPm0ws
— The Tornado News (@TheTornadoNews) May 2, 2021
One Bronx cop slammed the mayor for touting gun arrests amid the shootings spike. The officer said in a statement:
“The mayor talks about record gun arrests. The only record we will have this year is record shootings.”
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