Police shot and wounded a man when he pointed his gun at them on the catwalk of elevated tracks by a Bronx subway station on Thursday night, cops said — the third such incident in a less than 12-hour span.
Officers responded to multiple 911 calls of a man with a gun at the 238th St. station on Broadway in Kingsbridge, with callers describing him as “acting crazy, waving a gun around at a crowd which included children,” according to NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper.
When cops arrived at about 7:55 p.m., they approached the man on the platform, ordering him to drop his gun and stop, Kemper said at the scene on Thursday night.
Ignoring their commands, the assailant fled on the catwalk adjacent to the subway tracks heading south toward the 231st St. subway station.
“Multiple demands from the officers who were in uniform were given to this male to drop the firearm and he refused,” Kemper said. “It also should be noted that multiple times this individual pointed that firearm at these officers up on that catwalk area.”
Responding officers described the man to other units in the field, alerting them that he was headed toward the 231st St. subway station. Additional officers responded to that station, and the two units closed in on the menace from both sides.
“It was at the point that he pointed the gun again at the officers, where one of the officers fired one round, striking this individual one time to his left hand,” Kemper said.
When he was struck the weapon fell from his hand and officers were able to quickly secure it and render aid to the man, the chief said.
Medics rushed him to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was in stable condition.
No officers were injured, Kemper said.
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“There’s an endless epidemic of gun violence. As a country, we’re just numb to it,” Eduardo Ruiz, 47, told the Daily News. “You could’ve been on the that train. My son could’ve been on that drain. I could’ve been on that train.”
The investigation remained underway Thursday evening. Service on the 1 Train was suspended as of Thursday night, the MTA said.
Stephanie Batista, 23, said she takes the train where the incident happened every day.
“With everything happening, it’s a norm,” she told The News. “With today, it’s like welcome to the warm weather.”
The shooting came about four hours after cops shot a suspect who advanced toward them with a knife after stabbing a church security guard in Jamaica, Queens.
The uniformed cops encountered the unidentified senior citizen after arriving at his second-floor apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant before the bizarre encounter quickly escalated into bloodshed at about 1:10 p.m., according to NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey.