Police Shoot Attempted Carjacking Suspect in Queens

Police say the suspect refused to drop his weapon in a confrontation

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    BB gun recovered at the scene of the police-involved shooting in Queens Thursday

    A suspect in an attempted carjacking in Queens was shot by police officers Thursday when he refused to drop his weapon during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

    Police said a 46-year-old man attempted to carjack an 87-year-old man in an area of northern Queens, assaulting him with a gun. The suspect ran away when two witnesses converged on him.

    Witnesses called police, who canvassed the area and located the suspect, authorities said. Officers instructed the suspect the drop his weapon, but the suspect did not, according to authorities.

    That's when one of the officers fired a round at the suspect, authorities said. A bullet struck the victim in the lower left torso.

    He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, police said. His condition was not immediately known.

    The gun recovered at the scene turned out to be a BB gun powered by a CO2 cartridge and painted black, police said.