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Police shoot, injure teen they say was firing a gun in Far Rockaway, the NYPD says

The boy was shot several times but was listed in stable condition, police said.

Police recovered the gun allegedly used by a

Police recovered the gun allegedly used by a 15-year-old on Friday. Photo Credit: NYPD

Two police officers shot a 15-year-old boy they say was firing a gun toward a crowd in Far Rockaway Friday night, according to the NYPD.

Two uniformed officers were in the area of Redfern and Nameoke avenues, dispersing a disorderly group of people when a male started shooting toward the crowd around 11:03 p.m., police said.

The officers commanded the teen to drop the gun and when he didn’t, they fired at him, striking him several times, according to the NYPD.

Fire department EMS transported the suspect to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, where he was in stable condition, police said.

The two officers were taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside for evaluation.

Police released a photo of the teen’s gun, a Smith & Wesson handgun, which was recovered at the scene, the NYPD said.

Meris Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Queens County district attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, said: "He was shooting at the crowd, not at the police."

"There was apparently an argument," Campbell said. "He was involved, and then he pulled out the weapon and then he started to shoot at the crowd."

The suspect, whom police did not identify, was charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm, according to the NYPD.

The shooting scene is just over the border with Lawrence, near Nassau Expressway. Campbell said Saturday night that the teen was still in the hospital: "He probably won't be arraigned for a while."

The investigation is ongoing.


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