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Despite cop shootout, gunplay down in 103rd

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:06 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2019.

The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct was asleep on his couch on Aug. 30 when he got the phone call every CO fears, even when it could have been far worse.

“They told me, ‘Your officers have been involved in a shooting — they’re OK ...’”

Inspector Peter Fortune was addressing the crowd Tuesday night at a meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council. Along with his routine update on crime statistics, Fortune spoke candidly about five shootings, at least two of which had been connected to the attack on two officers that resulted in the death of the gunman.

One shooting, while unlikely to be fatal, left a man paralyzed.

“It’s been a rough 10 days,” Fortune said.

Fortune said his officers on Aug. 30 had been looking for the suspect in a shooting less than an hour earlier at a bodega located at 107-35 Sutphin Blvd. Two were driving on 110th Street when shots were fired at their vehicle.

“He made them before they made him,” Fortune said. “They made a U-turn and got out of their car and he fired again. Thankfully they weren’t hit.”

The officers returned fire, striking the shooter in the head. The man, whom Fortune declined to name, died at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Fortune said the gun recovered afterward was connected with the bodega shooting and one other.

Police also recovered more than 60 rounds of ammunition and an ammo clip.

“Thank God this guy was confronted by the NYPD and not somebody else,” Fortune said. “This guy was looking to do some damage.”

Fortune said the precinct still is on pace to set record lows for the numbers of shootings and shooting victims during a calendar year.

CompStat numbers available on the NYPD’s website show that through Sunday, Sept. 8, the 103rd has had nine shootings and nine shooting victims this year. There were 13 incidents and 14 victims by the same time in 2018.

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