MANHATTAN — A young man was shot and critically injured in Harlem Sunday evening after he opened fire on a group of police officers, authorities said.
The shootout unfolded at 2698 Frederick Douglass Blvd., near West 143rd Street, just before 6:30 p.m.
According to police officials, the uniformed officers, from the 32nd Precinct, approached the suspect for reasons that were not immediately known and he then took off.
At some point the man turned around and shot twice at the officers but did not hit them, according to the officials.
That's when one of the cops fired back, hitting the man in the chest and upper left thigh.
He was rushed to Harlem Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to the officials.
But witnesses said that the young man was shot in the back.
"The kid was running away. He looked real scared," said witness David Page, 42. "Next thing I see him freeze and that's when the cop shot him in the back."
A source said that the man who was shot was hopping between two cars when he was shot.
Police could not immediately confirm that account, but said that a .45 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.
Two shell casings were also recovered.