Bill de Blasio and his good friend Al Sharpton hardest hit.
Two cops were shot at a Bronx housing project Thursday night by a gunman who then fled and took his own life, police said.
Officer Diara Cruz was shot in the thigh and Patrick Espeut suffered a graze wound to the temple after they encountered Malik Chavis in the Melrose Houses on East 156the Street at about 8 p.m., according to authorities.
Cruz, 24, and Espeut, 29, were part of a three-officer unit on routine vertical patrol when they came upon Chavis, 23, and a second man on the sixth floor of one of the buildings in the complex, sources said.
They asked the men for identification and Chavis said he needed to retrieve it on the seventh floor.
When Chavis, Cruz and Espeut reached the top of the landing, the gunman suddenly turned and fired three rounds at the officers, striking them both.
There, the officers discovered Chavis’ body, a .32-caliber handgun at his side. They also found a sawed-off shotgun in a black bag in the apartment, the sources said. The shooter spent five years in jail for armed robbery, and was released in 2014.
Despite being wounded, Espeut fired two rounds at the shooter, but apparently missed.“There were a lot of gunshots,” said a resident, Kendrick Joseph, 18. “They went pop, pop, pop. I lost count of how many shots there were.”
Chavis, who reportedly had more than a dozen arrests, then ran to a friend’s apartment on the seventh floor and declared, “I just shot a female cop. I don’t wanna go back to jail,” sources said.
Weird how some scumbag with more than a dozen arrest is out on the street and can easily get a weapon in a city with such strict gun control laws. It’s almost as if criminals ignore the law.
So let’s blame the NRA or something.