An on-duty NYPD officer has been hospitalized after being shot while sitting in his marked patrol van in The Bronx Saturday night — and the gunman is being sought, law enforcement sources told The Post.
The unprovoked attack on the six-year veteran cop — at around 8:30 p.m. at East 163rd and Fox streets, near the Hunts Point Avenue subway station — left him with graze wounds to his chin and neck.
“It is a miracle we are not here under worse circumstances,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference shortly before midnight, noting that a bullet came dangerously close to hitting the officer’s carotid artery.
The NYPD officer from the 41st Precinct was grazed in the chin and neck near East 163rd Street and Fox Street, near the Hunts Point subway station.
He was rushed to Lincoln Hospital conscious and alert, authorities confirmed, and will be held overnight for observation.
Police are still looking for the assailant, who initial reports indicate fired off multiple rounds without provocation.
Two helicopters circled overhead, shining searchlights into the streets of Hunts Point below.
Officers canvassed building to building and shone flashlights under cars.
Sources told The Post that the victim and his partner had been sitting on patrol in an NYPD van when the assailant walked up to them and asked to confirm a building address.
The officers saw the man was holding a gun, pointed down toward the pavement, law enforcement sources said.
They tried to speed away, but as they did, the gunman leveled his weapon and began firing at the moving van, the sources said.
The uninjured cop then rushed his partner to the hospital in the bullet-pocked van.
The incident was chillingly reminiscent of the 2014 assassination of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were randomly shot dead by a cop-hating Maryland man while sitting in their marked police car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
“Tonight there has been another assassination attempt on a NYC police officer in the 41 PCT. Please pray this officer recovers and all members of the NYPD should remain vigilant,” the Sergeants Benevolent Association union tweeted.
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