WILLIAMSBURG — Police officers shot a suspected car thief in Williamsburg Thursday night after chasing him into a housing project, police and reports said.
Officers stopped the man who was driving what they believed was a stolen Saturn Vue, The Daily News reported.
The man sprinted from the vehicle carrying what police believe was a gun, according to the newspaper.
The man ran to the Williams Plaza Houses and was shot near Havemeyer Street and Broadway at around 11:30 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.
"I heard a bunch of cops yelling, 'Drop your weapon,'" said Danny Soto, 35, who lives in the housing complex. "It was like out of a movie."
Police opened fire seconds later, unleashing at least 10 shots, witnesses said.
"I seen a guy laying down on the floor," said Richie Polanco, 28, another neighbor. "He was on his back. He wasn't moving at all.
"People were scattering and running away."
The man was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, police officials said.
Police recovered a .380 caliber weapon at the scene, they said.
This shooting came on the heels of an annual NYPD report that said the number of times police fired their weapons at suspects had declined in 2011.
The mother of unarmed National Guardsman Noel Polanco, who was shot and killed by a detective last week, met Thursday with the Queens District Attorney who has pledged to investigate the 22-year-old's death.