NYPD detective, 26, wounded after stray bullet smashes through his cruiser window


NYPD detective, 26, is wounded after stray bullet smashes through his cruiser window and sprays him with shards of glass during gang shooting in Brooklyn

  • An NYPD detective, 26, was wounded after a stray bullet smashed through his cruiser window in Brooklyn on Thursday 
  • He was driving with an officer in the car on Pitkin Avenue and Legion Street in Brownsville around 4.30pm
  • An unidentified shooter, who is still at large, fired several rounds, with at least one bullet smashing the cruiser’s window
  • Authorities believe the detective was not the intended target and the gunman was aiming at a white vehicle on the other side of the street 
  • Both the detective and cop are being hospitalized and the detective suffered from a shoulder injury – it is unclear if he was shot or injured by glass 
  • NYC Mayor Eric Adams, 61, slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to block NY’s gun legislation, saying: ‘Our job is going to get harder’
  • Overall crime is up almost 40 percent in the Big Apple, with shooting victims down 8.1 percent  

A New York City detective was wounded in a daylight shooting in Brooklyn after a bullet smashed through his cruiser window. 

An unidentified detective, 26, was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition with a shoulder injury after being involved in a shooting near Pitkin Avenue and Legion Street in Brownsville around 4.30pm on Thursday. 

The cop was also transported to the hospital, both with non-life-threatening injuries.  

The five-year veteran of the force was reportedly stopped at a traffic light when ‘at least one round’ shattered the window by a man on foot. 

It is unclear if the bullet hit the officer or if he was hurt from the glass window shards. 

Police said at a press coreference on Thursday evening that it appeared the gunman was not aiming for the cop, but another white car heading northbound on the street. 

Two cops reportedly ran after the gunman following the shooting. The gunman is still at large and he ducked in a nearby courtyard, the NYPD assistant police chief said.

The 9mm gun was also recovered at the scene and the officer was reportedly working as a neighborhood coordination officer for the 73rd precinct. 

A New York City detective was wounded in a daylight shooting in Brooklyn after a bullet smashed through his cruiser window (pictured)

A New York City detective was wounded in a daylight shooting in Brooklyn after a bullet smashed through his cruiser window (pictured)

Police on the scene of the shooting on Pitkin Avenue and Legion Street in Brownsville around 4.30pm on Thursday

Police on the scene of the shooting on Pitkin Avenue and Legion Street in Brownsville around 4.30pm on Thursday

A 9mm gun was found at the scene (pictured), but the gunman remains at large

A 9mm gun was found at the scene (pictured), but the gunman remains at large 

Locals said they were wary of the shooting, but not surprised by it. 

A local named Dallas told the New York Post he was playing dominos with a friend when he heard the loud gunshots ring out. 

‘We heard shots – about six shots. It was rapid fire,’ he told the outlet. 

Another man said he ‘hit the floor’ when he heard the shots. 

Both men said they saw police running after the assailant. 

‘A female cop and a male cop ran down the block behind him. That’s what happened. The cop car was parked right at the light when it went off,’ the unidentified man told the Post. 

‘What are you going to do? I’ve been in this neighborhood all my life. It’s nothing new,’ he said. 

Dallas agreed, telling the outlet: ‘It’s our neighborhood. Happens all the time in this neighborhood.’

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell called the shooting an ‘outrage and unacceptable,’ while Mayor Eric Adams slammed the Supreme Court for shutting down the state’s gun legislation. 

‘Our job is going to get a harder,’ he said on Thursday evening. ‘[There’s] too many guns in the street, with too many bad people returning to our streets to do bad things to innocent people.’ 

‘More and more, we need every arm of the criminal justice system to participate in this fight and we feel as though it’s not,’ he bluntly said about the Supreme Court. 

He also said the gunman had ‘no regard for the innocent people of this community,’ and the officers are lucky to be suffering from minor injuries. 

The mayor also highlighted an ongoing trend he is seeing in the hospitals after officers are injured of relatives being retired members of the force. 

‘There are a generation of families that are the good guys and we’re finding ourselves fighting the bad guys,’ Adams said. ‘We are not going to surrender our streets to violence.’ 

NYC Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) said there are 'too many guns on the streets' and vowed not to 'surrender our streets to violence'

NYC Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) said there are ‘too many guns on the streets’ and vowed not to ‘surrender our streets to violence’ 

Paul Digiacomo, the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) called for a Special Firearm Prosecutor and said he’s been asking the NY Governor for ‘two years now’ to do it, as the state – especially the city – deals with an ongoing gun problem. 

Another man, who did not identified himself, spoke at the press conference, calling the situation a ‘crisis.’ 

‘We’re in a crisis now,’ he began. ‘This crisis didn’t start this summer, this crisis started a number of years ago…we’re all together, realizing there’s a crisis. 

‘We need the city council, the assembly, the senate, and the governor’s office to realize we’re in a crisis, and give us the tools and support that we need to do the job,’ He said. ‘Change and reform the laws that they took away from us.’ 

The press conference was heavily weighed down by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s 108-year gun law that that severely restricted licenses to carry a concealed weapon.  

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