Two police officers are recovering after surgery following Tuesday’s shoot-out with a crazed gunman involved in a domestic incident in Queens on Tuesday afternoon, police say.
There was only one other person shot overnight in what was a relatively quiet night with several incidents of shots fired city-wide, but no other injuries.
The two police officers who were not yet identified were shot and wounded by Rondell Goppy, 41, as they investigated a domestic violence incident in his home at 146-88 179th Street in Springfield Gardens, Queens at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. Goppy, a peace-officer for City University of New York, had two licensed handguns when he entered the home where the officers were talking to his wife and began shooting.
One officer was hit in both hands, the officer shot in the leg, but they were able to return fire, hitting Goppy and killing him inside the home, already decorated for Christmas. The two officers were raced to Jamaica Hospital by police car where they both underwent surgery, but were expected to survive their injuries.
NYPD officials said police visited the location as part of a follow-up to a previous domestic violence report. Goppy, no prior arrests, according to the police. Tuesday’s visit to the home was not the first time police had responded to domestic calls at the residence, cops said.
Police are investigating why Goppy still had his guns, despite continued domestic violence incidents at the home. It was also unclear if CUNY knew about the domestic violence complaints.
In addition to this shooting, only one other person was shot overnight.
Police say at 7:50 p.m., an unidentified man was shot in front of 851 East 163rd Street in the William McKinley Houses in Foxhurst, the Bronx. His condition was not immediately known and he was treated at a local hospital where he is expected to survive.
Detectives say the victim has not been cooperative at this time.
In addition, there is still no further information or description on the two men who opened fire on a sweet 16 party in Bedford Stuyvesant Monday night. The shooting at 15 Albany Avenue at about 11 p.m. killed a 20-year-old woman and wounded six other young people.
Anyone with information in regard to this or any other shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.