Two New York City police officers responding to a robbery in the Bronx were shot and wounded Monday night, and a manhunt was underway for at least two suspects, authorities said.
A 30-year-old officer was shot in the arm and lower back, and a 38-year-old officer was shot in the chest and arm near East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue in the Fordham section shortly after 10:30 p.m., officials said at an early morning news conference.
The unidentified officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital where they are in critical but stable condition, and are expected to recover, the NYPD said.
Deputy Chief Kim Royster, commanding officer of the public affairs unit, said the officers were not targeted by the gunman — unlike two officers shot to death about two weeks ago in their patrol car in Brooklyn — but had just come upon the scene.
Royster said a weapon was recovered but it wasn’t clear whether it belonged to the suspects.
The anti-crime officers, who were in plain clothes, were part of a group of five officers who were responding to a call about a robbery at a grocery store on East 180th Street in the Bronx, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
The officers were approaching two suspects who had just entered a nearby restaurant when one of the suspects opened fire, Bratton said. The officers returned fire and two of them were wounded.
Bratton said the two suspects fled on foot to Marion Avenue, where they carjacked a white Camaro from a man and a woman. Shortly after, they abandoned the car and continued to flee on foot, police said.
Investigators recovered a black Ruger Blackhawk revolver nearby.
The suspects have not yet been apprehended.
The organization COP SHOT, Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot, has offered a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
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