[Multiple updates and photos below.] 9:20 p.m. EST:New York – An NYPD police officer has been shot on East 120th Street in East Harlem, near the FDR Drive, which has been shut down in both directions.
A Matzav.com reporter is on scene, reporting that he was driving south on the FDR when he witnessed NYPD officers running across the roadway toward the East River at about 9 p.m. Within minutes, the roadway was shut down completely, with our reporter right out front.
The injured officer was taken to Harlem Hospital. His condition isn’t yet known.
A source tells Matzav.com that the officer was shot on the FDR Drive South and the perpetrators then ran across the roadway to the FDR Drive North, leading to a chase involving hundreds of officers, with helicopters flying overhead. A gun-toting perp was driving a bicycle. Our reporter witnessed a female police take him down after shooting him. The second perp is still at large.
The FDR Drive is closed in both directions between 120th Street and 125th Street. The road may remain closed until the early morning, sources say. Drivers are being urged to expect extensive delays and consider alternate routes.
Those on the roadway near the scene are now stuck, unable to go anywhere. The highway is completely cordoned off.
The shooting occurred near the near the Robert Wagner Houses at 112th Street and First Avenue.
A police officer told Matzav.com on condition of anonymity that the shooter, after being apprehended, was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Update, 11:19 p.m.: The NYPD officer who was shot in the head tonight has died from his wounds. The officer took a bullet to the forehead as he and other officers chased the perp, who was riding a bicycle, at about 8:45 p.m.
He died at Harlem Hospital.
The chase began at East 102nd Street and FDR Drive.
Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed from Gracie Mansion during a function for the Gracie Mansion Conservancy after hearing of the shot officer.
Update: The police officer has been identified as 33-year-old Randolph Holder. Holder’s family is from Guyana, where his father and grandfather were both police officers.
“We’re all in mourning. The whole city is in mourning,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.
“We just had the unfortunate responsibility to tell a father his son is never coming home,” said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch. Police Chief Bill Bratton said this is the fourth police officer death in the last 11 months, and that’s “as bad as it gets.”