NEW YORK – Police in New York shot a gunman wearing a tactical vest after he opened fire on them in Staten Island early Thursday, marking the third officer-involved shooting in the city in the same number of days, officials said.
Police responded to the corner of Kreischer and Androvette Sts. around 1:20 a.m. after receiving multiple reports of gunfire, they said.
Responding officers encountered two suspects, one of whom immediately bolted into a nearby section of woods. The second suspect, a 26-year-old white male, opened fire with a handgun, but didn’t wound any responding officers, reported the Daily News.
Police returned fire and struck the suspect wearing a ballistic vest. (A picture of the body armor is included as the feature photo.) He was transported to Staten Island University Hospital in serious condition. His name was not released.
The second suspect remained on the run Thursday morning. He should be considered armed and dangerous according to sources. He is described as a male, white, 25, wearing a Carhatt jacket.
While searching the wooded area, police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle and a large hunting knife; both believed to be abandoned by the outstanding suspect.
An officer could be heard dramatically calling over police radio after the initial volley of gunshots. “I’ve got one perp down, one perp outstanding. He’s got a brown jacket running into the woods. I need aviation right now!”
Police established a perimeter encompassing several blocks and were canvassing the area for the second suspect in the pre-dawn hours. They used air support and K-9 units. They located a second individual in the wooded area near the incident, and are simply calling him a “person of interest,” although he is in custody according to police sources.
Interestingly enough, the photo of the Glock 26 9mm handgun recovered by NYPD appears to have after market red paint on it. There was no comment given to this.