Last night, two NYPD officers were shot after an armed robbery attempt in the Bronx.
According to Reuters, the officers were plain clothed at the time. Unlike the shooting of the two officers in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, the shooting does not seemed to have been aimed at officers.
Both wounded officers were expected to recover, and police were looking for at least two suspects, officials said.
The officers, whose names were not been released, were shot outside a Chinese restaurant in the New York City borough of the Bronx as they approached two suspects, William Bratton, the police commissioner told media. The officers fired back, possibly wounding one suspect. The two men then fled before stealing a white sports car that was later abandoned. Police recovered a black revolver near the scene, Bratton said.
One officer, age 30, was shot in the arm and lower back. The second policeman, 38, was wounded in the chest and arm. Both were in stable condition, police said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio described the two wounded officers as “extraordinarily brave” during the news conference.
A few hours before the shooting, Bratton and de Blasio had announced a continued decline in serious crime in the city in 2014, which the mayor called a record-breaking year.