The NYPD rushed one of its officers to a hospital after an ambush-style shooting in the Bronx.
Two officers were seated in a marked patrol van in the Hunts Point neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a suspect allegedly walked up to the van, engaged the officers in conversation, then pulled out a gun and fired into the van, said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea from the officer where the injured officer was admitted.
The officer in the driver's seat of the van was struck by two bullets, the NYPD said, in the chin and the neck. The officer had started to drive away when the suspect pulled out the gun and fired multiples times, police said.
The van was driven to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx by another officer with the injured officer riding inside, law enforcement sources said.
Commissioner Shea said the department is searching for a suspect wearing a black jacket, between 20-30 years old.
The NYPD responded to the intersection and issued an advisory to stay clear of the scene on Simpson Street between E 163 Street and Barretto Avenue.
A photo provided by a law enforcement source shows the police van with what appears to be at least one bullet hole in the driver's door.