NEW YORK (AP) – An off-duty New York City police officer was shot in the left foot on Saturday as he was leaving a vigil at a Manhattan community centre, police said. It was the seventh time an NYPD officer has been shot this year.
The shooting happened around 4.30pm near Broadway and 130th Street in the borough’s Manhattanville neighbourhood. The officer was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.
NYPD Housing Bureau Head Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said the officer saw two men firing gunshots as he was leaving the building and appeared to have been struck as he was diving for cover.
Maddrey said it wasn’t clear if the officer said anything to the men or identified himself as a police officer. No arrests have been made.
Maddrey said the officer, who’s assigned to policing housing complex in the Bronx, didn’t realise he was wounded until a few minutes later when he felt pain in his foot while assisting responding officers with a description of the suspects.
Last Tuesday, an off-duty officer was shot in the shoulder during an attempted robbery as he was driving to work in the Rockaway section of Queens.
Last month, two officers were fatally wounded while responding to a domestic dispute call at a Harlem apartment.