Police have apprehended three men who they say got into a lengthy shootout with officers in Fort Greene last night.
The gunfire was exchanged shortly before 11 p.m. when three officers in an unmarked vehicle drove by three men arguing near Park Avenue and North Portland Avenue, right next to the BQE.
According to an NYPD release, the unmarked vehicle passed the men, then turned around to face them, and was hit with gunshots "by at least two of the suspects."
After their car was struck by bullets "numerous times," the officers began shooting back at the men, who fled on foot. Police say they found a .45 caliber Sar Arms handgun under the tire of a nearby car. None of the officers were injured in the shootout. An NYPD spokesman couldn't say how many rounds were fired during the shooting.
Police later found a 23-year-old man at Beth Israel Hospital with a gunshot wound on his right leg and took him into custody. That suspect is in stable condition.
This morning the NYPD canvassed the Ingersoll Houses looking for the other two suspects involved.
— Rob Nelson (@RobNelsonABC7) October 8, 2015
A 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were taken into custody "without incident," police say.
Shooting incidents in the 88 Precinct, which covers the area where last night's shootout occurred, are up almost 89% from last year [PDF], but in real numbers the increase was from 9 to 17. Overall, shooting incidents across NYC are down 1.1% from last year, but are up by 5% from 2013 [PDF], according to the department's data. Compared to 1993, they have decreased by 78%.