Police have arrested a 45-year-old man for allegedly shooting at two New York City police officers. On Saturday night and Sunday Morning, the two officers were shot and wounded what officials believe were targeted by the same gunman.
The man named Robert Williams was detained on suspicion of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference; the first officer was injured on Saturday night when a gunman fired into his patrol van. The officials called the attack, an attempted assassination.
The second officer was shot just a few hours after on Sunday morning when a gunman entered a precinct headquarters in the Bronx and opened fire with a 9mm handgun, said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. They are suspecting the same man has carried out both the attacks.
A CCTV footage showed that the gunman was firing toward a desk where there were several uniformed officers, said Shea. “It is only by the grace of God and the heroic actions of those inside the building that took him into custody that we are not talking about police officers murdered inside a New York City police precinct,” Shea said.
The police commissioner further informed that the suspect was convicted in 2002 of attempted murder after he shot a person, carjacked a woman and opened fire on police officers. In 2017, he was released.
The officer got an injury in his chin and neck but didn’t have a severe injury. Presently, he is in hospital and may be released on Sunday. Shea said that the officer who was wounded on Saturday night is lucky to be alive. “He is expected to make a full recovery, and it is a miracle.,” he added.
Reacting to the shootings on Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted, “I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s ‘Finest’ are,” Trump tweeted. “Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault. Stop this now!”