Shootout Between Cops, Suspect Shakes Brooklyn Neighborhood

Witnesses said it was chaotic and frightening to experience bullets flying through the neighborhood

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    A shootout between a suspect and police officers Wednesday night has shaken up Fort Greene residents. Ida Siegal has more.

    A shootout between a suspect and police officers Wednesday night has rattled residents in a normally quiet Brooklyn community.

    Police said they received a call for a 32-year-old man shot at 1297 Bushwick Ave. in Bushwick at about 6:30 p.m. When they learned the gunman may be near 24 Monument Walk at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene, officers arrived and chased the suspect.

    The suspect fled, firing at police as he ran away. The officers returned fire but the suspect was able to get away, authorities said.

    "I heard gunshots -- that was the first round of gunshots -- and then we saw cops pursuing the shooters," said witness Miss Stevenson. "After that, you heard a second round of gunshots, and then we had to move."

    "My heart was pounding," she said.

    No one other than the initial victim was hit during the shootout. But witnesses said it was chaotic and frightening to see bullets fly through the neighborhood.

    "It's a sad situation, because our young ones today feel like they rule us instead of we rule them," said Fort Greene resident Juanita Miller. 

    The shooting victim is in critical condition while the suspect remains on the loose.

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