On Monday night (January 5), the second police shooting in recent weeks shook New York City, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Amid increasing tension between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio, and only hours after the latter and police commissioner Bill Bratton announced that crime dropped 4.6 percent in 2014, a pair of plain-clothes officers were shot in the Fordham area of The Bronx.
The shooting was prompted by the officers’ response to a nearby grocery store robbery. Officers spotted two men that fit the description of the suspects at a Chinese store near the corner of East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue around 10:35 PM.
According to the NYPD, one of the men opened fire as the two law enforcers approached. Both cops were struck, and were taken St. Barnabas Hospital to be treated for their injuries. One was listed in critical condition, while his partner is stable.
The suspects fled the scene, stole a while Chevrolet Camaro, and escaped, police said. They are still at large.
Investigators released footage of the suspect, a fair complected man with a close cropped beard, black hair, and a black hoodie.
The two officers were shot two weeks after detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed in Brooklyn by a gunman looking for revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.