The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Manhattanville Houses community center on Broadway near 126th Street.
The 47-year-old housing officer was off-duty, attending a vigil in the community center for a longtime resident when two men dressed in all black opened fire towards the building.
“This is our seventh police officer shot this year, and we’re thankful – all of us are thankful, a whole city is thankful this incident isn’t much worse,” said NYPD Housing Bureau Chief Jeffrey Maddrey.
The officer, and other civilians dove for cover, only later, as the off-duty officer helped detectives piece it all together, did he feel pain in his foot.
“An ambulance came, he was looked at and examined in the back of the ambulance, and he realized that he was shot in the foot,” added Maddrey.
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The officer was treated and released overnight from Mount Sinai Morningside, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
“A foot injury, any gunshot wound is potentially life or limb-threatening,” said NYPD Chief Surgeon Dr. Eli Kleinman, “This bullet traversed critical vessels, nerves and tendons, but we expect him to make a full recovery.”
Eyewitness News has learned that police have clear video of the encounter, and they are actively searching for suspects brazen enough to fire, wildly.
It is not clear who the suspects were trying to target. The off-duty officer, like so many New Yorkers, was just another unintended victim of violence.
“We shouldn’t have to live like this. We’re not supposed to live like this. This is the greatest city in the world, and we shouldn’t have to suffer through gun violence,” added Maddrey.
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Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.