New York cop killed, 2nd critic in Harlem shooting |
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was lying in a hospital Saturday after being seriously injured in a shooting at a Harlem apartment that killed a co-worker, authorities said.
The man who shot them with a stolen weapon was also in critical condition, injured by a third officer who shot him as he tried to flee, officials said.
The two officers were shot dead on Friday night while responding to a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed and Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, was seriously injured, authorities said.
Police had no update on Mora’s condition Saturday morning, but said he remains hospitalized. Police say the man who shot them, Lashawn J. McNeil, 47, was also seriously injured and hospitalized, authorities said.
Authorities said the three officers attended the apartment after receiving a call from a woman needing help with McNeil, her son. Officers spoke with the woman and another son, but there was no mention of a weapon.
Rivera and Mora walked from the front of the apartment down a hallway, and McNeil opened a bedroom door and opened fire, Chief of Detectives James Essig said.
As McNeil tried to flee, a third officer who had stayed with McNeil’s mother outside the apartment shot McNeil and wounded him in the head and arm, Essig said.
They were among four officers shot dead in the city in as many days, prompting an emotional reaction from Mayor Eric Adams.
“It was just not an attack on these brave officers,” Adams said Friday night. “It was an attack on New York City.”
Rivera joined the force in November 2020. Mora has been with the NYPD for four years.
Adams, after three weeks on the job, called on federal authorities to do more to collect stolen weapons like the one used in Friday’s shooting.
Police said the weapon used in the Friday night shooting, a .45 caliber Glock with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding up to 40 additional rounds, was stolen in Baltimore in 2017.
McNeil was on probation for a 2003 drug conviction in New York. He also had several out-of-state arrests. In 1998 he was arrested in South Carolina on suspicion of illegally carrying a gun, but records show the case was later dropped. In 2002 he was arrested in Pennsylvania on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, Essig said.
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