[Update below] Details are starting to emerge about yesterday's off-duty cop shooting in the Bronx. Though the officer in question has not been identified, we now know that the 43-year-old detective, a fifteen-year member of the force, had celebrated his son's first birthday before the incident. After the celebration, the cop, his girlfriend and friends went to the Pelham Bay Diner for an late-night snack. And that's where he was shot with a bullet that pierced both of his buttocks.
When the party left the diner at 5 a.m. "words were exchanged in the parking lot on E. Gun Hill Road with a man who parked too close to the car in which the group had arrived," a source told the News. The detective reportedly identified himself as a cop and attempted to break up the fight but as he walked back to his family's car someone in the other vehicle pulled a .25 caliber pistol and fired twice (the second bullet hit another man's jacket zipper before going into the car). The assailants then drove off in a Chevy Caprice while the detective was taken to the hospital. Luckily the bullet managed to miss any major organs.
The detective is in stable condition (Ray Kelly did the customary stop-by yesterday) and the police have two suspects in for questioning.
UPDATE: The cops are now looking for a Samuel Ventura, described as between 20 and 25 years old and between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, in regards to the case.