Off-Duty Correction Officer Shot Outside Diner

Police say she was shot by "someone known to her.''

By Katherine Creag
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 PM EDT
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An off-duty New York City correction officer who was shot in the stomach outside a diner in Queens remains in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a hospital. Police are still looking for the shooter. Katherine Creag reports.

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An off-duty New York City correction officer who was shot in the stomach outside a diner in Queens remains in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a hospital. Police are still looking for the shooter. Katherine Creag reports.

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An off-duty New York City correction officer who was shot in the stomach outside a diner in Queens remains in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a hospital.     

Police say the 28-year-old woman was shot outside the USA Diner at about 11 p.m. Monday at 234th Street and Merrick Boulevard.     

Police say she was shot by "someone known to her.'' She has been with the city's Department of Correction for two years.     

Tony Smalls, manager at the diner, says the victim was having tea with a man in the diner when she appeared to receive some type of call or text. Smalls said she seemed nervous and left. She was shot minutes later.

Smalls said the off-duty officer is a regular at the diner. The man she was having tea with was not hurt, authorities said.

Police confiscated surveillance video from the diner in hopes of identifying the suspect. No arrests have been made.

The New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association announced a $5,000 reward for information leading the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible. Tips may be phoned in to 212-274-8000.

The officer's name was not released. Her family spent Monday evening and Tuesday with her at the hospital. The bullet remains lodged inside her body.   

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