Had a “Brick” of Drugs in Duffle Bag
Civilians Hit by Bullet Fragments During Wild Shootout
By David Greene
BRONX– A wild shootout in University Heights between cops and a gunman left a woman and a 12-year-old girl wounded.
Cops say the wild scene began when plain clothes patrol officers noticed a man wearing a mask and clinging to a duffle bag came running out of a building at W. 183rd St. near Loring Place.
When cops approached the suspect, he pulled out a small handgun and opened fire. Police returned fire.
During the shooting a woman was hit in the stomach and a 12-year-old was hit in the leg with bullet fragments. It is unclear from whose gun the bullets came from.
Cops hit the gunman in the neck and he was rushed to an area hospital as were the two bystanders who were wounded.
During a press conference following the shooting NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said cops not only recovered the gun but the duffle bag as well. The bag contained a “brick” of suspected drugs.
Investigators believe the gunman opened fire because he had just robbed a group of drug dealers in the building and was trying to get away when police spotted him.