‘Assassination Attempt’ as NYPD Officer Shot in Police Van

NYPD Commissioner Shea and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Commissioner Shea/Twitter NYPD Commissioner Shea during a press conference about the NYPD officer shot in the Bronx.

An NYPD officer was shot while sitting in his marked police car in the Bronx, New York, on Saturday night and a second officer was shot Sunday morning while at a desk inside a Bronx police precinct. According to the NYPD Commissioner, Dermot Shea, “Earlier tonight, two uniformed police officers in the Bronx were fired upon — one was shot in the chin and neck, very close to the carotid region.” One police officer was uninjured, while the other was transported to the hospital.

The commissioner said the officer who was shot is an eight-year veteran of the police force. The ambush shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. in Hunts Point at Barretto and East 163rd Streets. The wounded officer is expected to make a full recovery but is staying in the hospital for observation. The other officer was not injured. The suspect was not taken into custody.

The second shooting happened 12 hours later at the 41st Precinct headquarters. The officers in the first shooting were working out of that same precinct. According to the NYPD, one officer was shot and wounded and a second suffered unspecified injuries in the attack, which began about 8 a.m. The gunman was taken into custody. According to The New York Times, investigators are working to determine whether the suspect in the second shooting was the same person as the shooter in the Saturday night ambush.

The suspect in police custody has been identified as Robert Williams by the New York Post and NBC New York. The names of the officers who were shot have not been released.

Officials Called the 2 Shootings ‘Assassination’ Attempts on NYPD Officers

Commissioner Shea called the first incident an “attempted assassination of two uniformed New York City police officers.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed this statement, saying “Tonight we saw a heinous assassination attempt against NYPD officers in a marked police van.”

After the second shooting, de Blasio said on Twitter, “This morning a gunman walked into the 41st Precinct in the Bronx and shot an officer. I’m relieved to report the officer is stable, and the gunman is in custody. This vicious assassination attempt is the second one we’ve seen in 24 hours — and an attack on our NYPD officers is an attack on ALL New Yorkers. This despicable hatred is an attempt to divide our city and undermine our safety. We cannot and will not let that happen.”

According to the press conference by Commissioner Shea and de Blasio, the suspect walked up to the NYPD van, asked the officers for directions, and then opened fire on them. The officer sitting in the driver’s seat was shot in the chin and neck.

The full press conference is available here:

According to the NYC Alerts’ Twitter, this video shows the moment the NYPD cops are ambushed by someone asking for directions:

This shooting occurred at East 163 St & Barretto Ave in the Bronx.

According to the New York Post, surveillance video from the second shooting showed the gunman opening fire on an officer near the desk of the 41st Precinct from just feet away. The gunman then took cover on the floor and slid his gun away as other officers swarmed the scene.

The Suspect Was Previously Convicted of Attempted Murder

According to NBC New York, the suspect arrested after the second shooting was previously convicted of attempted murder and was paroled in 2017. The New York Post reports that Robert Williams has also faced gun possession charges and was recently released on a “machine gun charge.”

According to The Post, Williams was hospitalized after he was taken into custody at the police precinct.

Earlier, The New York Post reported that police sources identified the suspect as a 20-year-old man, citing multiple police sources. But the newspaper has since removed the name from its article and is reporting a different name. Heavy also removed the name reported by The Post.

After the first shooting, police released photos of a person wanted for questioning, but did not say if they knew the name of the wanted suspect.

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