Thursday, March 21, 2013

Police Shoot, Injure Man in Brownsville Gunfight, NYPD Says

BROOKLYN — Police shot and injured a man in a gunfight in Brownsville Thursday evening, officials said.

The undercover detective and officer were sitting in an unmarked car at 298 Grafton St., near Livonia Avenue, just after 6 p.m. when they saw a 20-year-old man pull out a gun, the NYPD said.

The officers, from Brooklyn South Narcotics, got out of the car and headed toward the man, who began firing at them, police said. The officers returned fire, striking the man in his left hand and buttocks. 

The suspect was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was in stable condition Thursday evening, officials said. 

The two officers, who were working on a buy-and-bust drug operation at the time of the shooting, were taken to Kings County Hospital for tinnitus.

The owner of a garage on Grafton Street near the shooting said he heard 10 to 15 gunshots and raced outside.

"I saw everyone running," said the man, who did not give his name.

Police recovered the suspect's weapon, a Colt .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, officials said.

The NYPD still investigating the incident Thursday evening and said charges against the suspect were pending.

Michael Dunkin, 22, who lives near the scene of the shooting, said he was friends with the man who was shot and was surprised to hear he was involved in violence.

"I don't know him to be that kind of guy," Dunkin said of the man, who Dunkin said was taking GED classes. "He seemed like he was trying to get his life together."

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