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Two bystanders were shot during a police shootout with a drug suspect in the Bronx, police say
A woman and a 12-year-old girl were hit in the at around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the area of West 183rd Street and Loring Place
No police officers were shot during the shootout but they were taken to Jacobi Hospital for observation
Two bystanders were shot during a police shootout with a drug suspect in the Bronx Wednesday evening, police say.
The NYPD says plainclothes cops were in the area of West 183rd Street and Loring Place at around 6 p.m. when a masked man wearing a backpack suddenly came running in their direction. When one of the officers approached the man, the suspect took out a gun and started firing at him.
The officer chased the suspect down Loring Place, exchanging gunfire with him. The suspect, who was shot during the exchange, was caught and taken into custody as he approached Fordham Road, and a gun was recovered at the scene.
The suspect was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the neck and foot. He's expected to survive.
No police officers were shot during the shootout but they were taken to Jacobi Hospital for observation.
Two bystanders were struck during the shootout, a woman who was shot in the torso and a 12-year-old girl who was hit by bullet fragments in the leg. The two are in stable condition at local hospitals.
Surveillance video shows the suspect had been committing what appears to be a drug rip-off in the lobby of 98 West 183rd St., then shooting at the people who had the narcotics before running off, police said.
The backpack contained a brick of narcotics.
The investigation is ongoing.