Officers Shoot Teen Gunman Who Fired into Far Rockaway Crowd

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old boy fired a gun into a crowd in Far Rockaway and was shot by officers when he did not drop his weapon.

NYPD Assistant Chief David Barrere says police were summoned to disperse a disorderly group at Redfern Ave and Nameoke Avenue in Far Rockaway at around 10:30 p.m. Friday. Barrere said two officers saw a person firing a gun toward the dispersing crowd.

Police say the officers ordered the gunman to drop his weapon. When he did not drop the gun, they fired at him, striking him at least six times.

The 15-year-old was transported toLong Island Jewish Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

“The suspect’s Smith & Wesson handgun was recovered at the scene. The two police officers involved were removed to South Nassau Hospital for evaluation,” Barrere said.

The teenage suspect’s name has not been released.

The suspect’s mother told ABC 7 that said her son was attending a memorial last night, and she had no idea he had a gun.

The teen suspect was arrested and charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm.