‘This was an attempt to assassinate police officers’: 2 NYPD officers shot in the Bronx; suspect in custody

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LONGWOOD, Bronx (WABC/WTNH) — Authorities say both New York Police Department officers shot by the same suspect only hours apart in the Bronx over the weekend are out of the hospital Monday night.

Sunday:

Sunday morning, only hours after an officer was shot in a marked police van, a second NYPD police officer was shot at the NYPD 41st Precinct building in the Bronx.

The incident happened on the 1000 block of Longwood Avenue around 8 a.m. Sunday. Police say a man walked into the 41st Prencict and started shooting.

A female lieutenant was shot in the arm and rushed to Lincoln Hospital where she is expected to survive. Another officer is also being treated for minor injuries.

Police say the suspect, who is a convicted felon with a long, violent, criminal record, is in custody. They say they are confident he is the same shooter from Saturday’s police shooting in the Bronx.

The suspect is described as a 20-30-year-old man dressed in black with a black hat, and approximately 5’7″.

Suspect in both NYPD officer shooting is in custody. Photo: NYPD

In a press conference with the New York City Police Department and hospital officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasizing that the suspect planned these shootings, that they were premeditated, and that “this was an attempt to assassinate police officers.”

Police say the suspect confessed to the shootings and said he would do it again.

WEB EXTRA: NYPD, NYC Mayor, officials gives update Sunday at Lincoln Hospital on the officers shot in the Bronx Saturday

Saturday:

Police say, just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the suspect walked up to a marked police van on East 163rd and Barretto St. in Longwood, started asking directions of the officers, and then opened fire at the officers within.

The officer in the driver’s seat yelled once seeing the gun and put the van in drive, but he was struck by a bullet.

The officer injured Saturday is a six-year veteran assigned to the 41st Precinct. He was shot in the neck and chin.

Authorities say the officer’s partner then drove him in the van to Lincoln Hospital. His partner’s quick actions likely saved his life, as he is expected to be released from the hospital later Sunday.

Saturday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called the shooting an “attempted assassination.”

A surveillance video shows what appears to be the police van as it was pulling away from shots fired. The video shows a man in black pointing a weapon at the van and he is seen with a gun in his hand as he is walking away from the scene.

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