Cops Shoot 16-Year-Old Who Was Firing Blanks Off Brownsville Roof

By Murray Weiss and Aidan Gardiner  on February 12, 2013 7:25am  | Updated on February 12, 2013 7:53pm

 After shooting a 16-year-old in Brownsville, cops recovered a Ruger revolver they said he had been fired off a roof on Monday Feb. 11, 2013.
After shooting a 16-year-old in Brownsville, cops recovered a Ruger revolver they said he had been fired off a roof on Monday Feb. 11, 2013.
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BROWNSVILLE — A 16-year-old who was firing blanks off a Brownsville rooftop was shot by police Monday night, sources said.

The teen, Gino Mercado, a Brooklyn resident, was shot in each arm and his right ankle after a 911 call alerted police to gunfire atop 2294 Atlantic Ave., near Rockaway Avenue, at 9:37 p.m., the NYPD said.

An NYPD sergeant and an officer raced up to the roof and found two young men on an adjoining rooftop, one of whom was holding a Ruger revolver, police said.

The officers yelled at the teen, identified as Mercado, to drop the weapon and get down, but instead he turned toward them with the gun in his hand, sources said.

Both officers fired at Mercado, sources said. He was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in stable condition.

A 22-year-old man who was with him — identified by police as James Caples, also of Brooklyn — was arrested at the scene.

The revolver was recovered, containing five spent blanks and one live blank, sources said.

Mercado and Caples were charged with attempted assault of a police officer with a deadly weapon, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing, police said.

The responding officers were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and treated for tinnitus, according to the NYPD spokesman.

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