Authorities were looking for the shooter who shot and gravely injured an off-duty New York Police Department officer who had made plans to meet at a Brooklyn street address to buy a car on social media on Sunday.
According to Michael Baldassano, assistant chief of the NYPD Detectives Bureau, the officer was shot during a gunfight when the gunman proclaimed a robbery and flashed a gun when the officer and a relative arrived in the borough’s East New York district.
At a late-night press conference on Saturday, Baldassano stated that the officer was brought to Brookdale Hospital while the shooter fled the area.
He urged anyone with knowledge to get in touch with the police.
In response to a query, Baldassano said there was no reason to think the shooter was aware the officer was a member of the police force, but the matter was still being looked into.
The gravely wounded officer was a five-year veteran of the NYPD assigned to the patrol division, according to Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
Sewell stated that the man was currently battling for his life.
Sewell’s fellow press conference attendee, Mayor Eric Adams, vowed to “find the individual accountable.”
He attributed the shooting to “too many illegal guns in evil people’s hands.”
The Police Benevolent Association’s Patrick Lynch urged state lawmakers to address the issue of guns and violence.
If you want to witness reality, examine the damage those shots did to the young man’s body and pay attention to the cries of the young man’s wife, father, mother, and children.
Reality is how it is, and it is wreaking havoc. This needs to stop, he declared.