[Video below.] Update below: Less than a week after an attempted robbery and shooting at the Apple Bank on 13th Avenue in the heart of Boro Park shook the community, multiple members of the Boro Park Shomrim have been shot this evening. Hatzolah ambulances are currently at the scene and paramedics are treating the victims, who are volunteer members of the neighborhood Shomrim patrol.
The incident, which occurred at about 7:30 p.m., took place at 10th Avenue and 46th Street.
The New York City Police Department has cordoned off the area where a tremendous crowd has gathered. The NYPD says that they have one suspect – who was apparently hit during the incident – in custody. It is not yet clear what the nature or the motive of the shooting was.
The injured have been taken to Lutheran Medical Center on 55th Street at First Avenue. The condition of the four Shomrim members who were hit is not clear at this time.
Update, 8:16 p.m.: We are told that the Shomrim members had been following a vehicle after being notified of suspicious behavior. At that point, the perpetrator fired upon the Shomrim members from his vehicle.
NY1 reports: Four people were shot Thursday night following a bizarre chain of events in Brooklyn. It happened shortly before 8 p.m. along 46th street in Borough Park.
Officials with the Volunteer Orthodox Security Force, Shomrim say several of the group’s members spotted a man who had been exposing himself to some of the neighborhood children.
They chased the man and had him boxed in near 965 46th Street.
Members of Shomrim tried to wrestle him to the ground — that’s when the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and began firing.
Four were wounded before more of their fellow community patrol members were able to subdue him.
“When we tackled him to the ground he was shooting. Then we tackled the gun out of his hand,” said Shomrim Coordinator Yanke Daskal.
“The notion that you don’t know when you’re trying to stop some one and trying to protect people — you never know what’s going to happen. This just proves how brave these folks are that they do this kind of work,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
A gun was recovered at the scene. The shooter was taken into police custody; charges against him are pending. The four victims are expected to be okay.
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