Twelve hours after a gunman walked up to a marked police van and fired upon two officers, striking one, in the Bronx, a second officer was shot and wounded on Sunday morning inside a Bronx police precinct.
UPDATE: Police say the suspect taken into custody in the 41st Precinct appears to be the suspect wanted in the Saturday night shooting. [More details below.]
A dramatic video showed the Sunday confrontation inside the 41st Precinct, on Longwood Avenue and Southern Boulevard:
The shooting occurred at 7:58 a.m., according to an NYPD spokesman who said that the officer who was wounded is in serious but stable condition. The police also confirmed that the suspect was in custody; it is unclear if the suspect is the same as the one sought for the Saturday evening shooting.
Just before midnight, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and other official discussed the Saturday shooting in a press conference at Lincoln Hospital. According to Shea, just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, two officers in a marked van near Barretto Street and East 163rd Street were approached by a man. The commissioner said the officers were assigned there to address "drug activity" and recent "violence," and that the van's emergency lights had been on.
The man engaged the officers in conversation, possibly asking for directions, Shea described. "Without provocation, the man pull[ed] out a gun. The operator of the van yell[ed], 'Gun!' and immediately [tried] to put the car into drive."
The gunman, Shea said, fired "multiple shots...into the van. At least one, possibly two, struck the" officer who was in the driver's seat, hitting him in the chin and in the neck, "narrowly missing the carotid."
"It's a miracle we're not here under worse circumstances," Shea said. "He is expected to make a full recovery."
"This was an attempt to assassinate two officers," de Blasio declared. "This is absolutely unacceptable in this city or any place."
The NYPD released images of the suspect in the Saturday night shooting:
The investigation into both shootings is ongoing.
UPDATE: "The coward from this morning’s shooting is in police custody," Shea said during a press conference about the shooting in the 41st Precinct at Lincoln Hospital.
The commissioner noted that the gunman "walked into an area beside that desk and again fired several rounds at point-blank range directly at uniformed members of the service and a civilian member of the New York City Police Department, striking none in that room." Shea continued, "In this chaos which took seconds to transpire, a male lieutenant was shot one time through his upper left arm — roughly right here — that lieutenant returned fire and the male suspect was not struck. As I said the suspect was quickly taken into custody and the firearm was secured by police."
The suspect was described as a 9mm Sig Sauer, which will be tested to see if it matches the bullets from the shooting on Barretto Street. "I will point out that this coward immediately lay down but only after he ran out of bullets," Shea added, saying that the suspect had a "lengthy violent criminal history," specifically mentioning a 2002 incident where he allegedly shot someone, then carjacked a woman before crashing the car and firing at police officers.
The suspect was convicted of attempted murder, Shea said, and was paroled in 2017.
"The police officer last night that was struck in the chin and the neck, and the lieutenant that was struck in the left arm today are expected to fully recover and will be released hopefully sooner more than later," Shea told reporters.
Officer Paul Stroffolino, the officer shot on Saturday night, was released from the hospital on Sunday: