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An off-duty NYPD officer was grazed in the head by a bullet as he napped in his personal vehicle between shifts at a police lot in East Harlem early Saturday morning, reports noted.
The officer, who was identified by the name “Keith,” had finished a late shift in the 25th Precinct when he opted to nap in the police parking lot before having to start another shift early the next morning, DailyMail.com reported.
He awoke around 6:15 a.m. and noticed that his vehicle window was shattered and that he had blood profusely flowing from his head.
The report said that a sergeant from the 25th Precinct came to the assistance of the officer and took him to New York Presbyterian Hospital where doctors treated him for the injuries.
The incident comes amid New York Mayor Eric Adams’ first full day in office, taking over for Bill de Blasio early Saturday. Adams addressed the incident outside of the hospital, noting that one of his priorities is ending gun violence in the city.
“We must not only find a gun but we must also find the person who discharged the weapon and we must find those who believe they will destroy our city with gun and gang violence,” Adams told reporters. “That is not going to happen.”
Keechant Sewell, the new NYPD commissioner, joined Adams and echoed his stance regarding gun violence.
“We are extremely grateful that our officer is recovering as we know this could have been a very tragic outcome,” she said, adding: “I also do believe this incident underscores that there are far too many guns out there in the wrong hands.”
Patrick Lynch, the President of the Police Benevolent Association, told reporters that the location of the shooting just shows how much danger cops are in at all times in the city.
“He was in a police parking lot and was still shot,” he said. “It shows us the dangers police officers face always.”
Earlier, during his first subway ride as mayor, Adams, a former NYPD captain, called 911 for three men fighting at a station to report an assault in progress, but by the time officers arrived, two of the men had fled the scene, NBC4 reported. Officers stayed in their vehicle to talk to the third man, leading Adams to claim that if he was the responding officer, he would have conducted a more thorough investigation.
“I ran on a very clear message: My city will not be unsafe,” Adams said in November after winning the mayor’s race. “And that is what we’re going to do. Clear plan. Putting in place a plainclothes, anti-gun unit. That will happen, and this city is going to be safe.”
He was sworn in shortly after the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve to reign in 2022. During his inaugural speech the following morning, Adams pushed back on claims that more policing would be bad for New Yorkers.
“Some will continue to say that we must choose between public safety and human rights, but we can have both,” he said. “That is why I am going to put more resources into stopping violent crime while I work with Commissioner Sewell to bring reform to our police department.”
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