NYPD officers fatally shot a man after he was suspected of firing at three people outside a liquor store in Bushwick Thursday evening, according to police.
At a news conference shortly after the shooting, NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes said the incident began around 10:30 p.m. after uniformed officers from the Public Safety Unit within the 83rd Precinct heard gunfire near Halsey Street and Wilson Avenue near Irving Park Square. They came upon three people shot in front of the liquor store and were told that a man had taken off on foot on Wilson Avenue.
Holmes said once they identified a suspect running in the streets they “gave chase” and activated their body-worn cameras. Holmes said she reviewed the footage showing officers identifying a suspect “crouched on the sidewalk in front of 520 Wilson Avenue.” The New York Post reports the suspect was hiding between cars.
“They observe the man holding a firearm in his left hand and gave commands for him to drop it,” Holmes, flanked by officials from the force investigation and detective units, said. “The man does not comply and instead raises the firearm in the direction of the officers.”
The NYPD did not say how many times the officers fired, though a witness told the Daily News that about 15 rounds appeared to be fired at the suspect. Police also recovered several firearms.
“There were lots of gunshots–at least 15 gunshots,” a worker at a local pizzeria told the News. “They seemed to be coming from different weapons.”
The Post also reports that the officers, two officers and one sergeant, all fired their weapons.
The suspect, whose name was not revealed, was rushed to Wyckoff Hospital and was pronounced dead. The three victims outside the liquor store were taken to an area hospital and are expected to recover.
So far this year, there have been 16 "adversarial shootings"--incidents where police intentionally fire their weapons at someone--compared to 13 the same time a year ago, according to police.
Though major crime within the precinct has dipped so far this year, NYPD statistics show the number of shooting incidents within the 83rd Precinct stands at 19 so far this year compared to seven the same time a year ago, a 171% increase. When comparing it to pre-pandemic levels, the shooting percentage jumps to 375%.
Overall, the number of shootings across New York City has gone from 555 in 2020 to 765 the same time last year, a 38% jump. Comparing it to pre-pandemic levels from the same time last year, the increase is 107%.
The NYPD Force Investigation Unit, which handles incidents where police fired their weapons, is now investigating.