Fort Greene Shooting Suspect Fired at Cops, Struck Man During Gun Battle
FORT GREENE — A wild shootout that sent bullets flying past police officers at a Brooklyn housing complex Wednesday left a man suffering from a gunshot wound, authorities and witnesses said.
The sound of a spray of bullets rang out around 6:45 p.m. at Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene, witnesses said.
Police said the gun battle began at 64 St. James Walk, in the housing complex, when a suspect opened fire, hitting a 32-year-old man but missing police.
Officers returned fire, and the suspect was eventually taken into custody, police said. Neither the officers nor the suspect were hit by the gunfire, cops noted.
The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said.
"There were two rounds of gunshots," said a woman, 35, who did not want her name published. She said she and a friend were chatting in their cars underneath the BQE along Park Avenue, when she heard a round of four or five gunshots ring out.
"Police vehicles came from everywhere," just moments later, she said.
Police spokesmen said the suspect led cops in pursuit to the courtyard of 24 Monument Walk, and the witness said they then proceeded into a building where a second round of shots could be heard.
"It sounded like a shootout," she said. "I was like 'Oh my God, my family is going to get trapped.'" The woman said she's lived in the complex for a decade.
The NYPD confirmed that a suspect opened fire on the police, but said no officers had been hit by the gunfire nor seriously injured.
Charges against the suspected shooter are pending, police added.