NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD officer was fatally shot in Harlem on Friday evening.
Sources tell CBS2 the suspect, identified as 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil, was also shot and killed.
A second officer, who is 27 years old, was shot and last reported to be in grave condition.
A third officer was also injured. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. at an apartment building on West 135th Street and Lenox Avenue.
We’re told officers responded to a domestic incident involving McNeil and his mother, who is a correction officer.
Sources say when McNeil arrived at her apartment, he took his mother’s service weapon and shot both officers.
A third officer then responded and shot McNeil.
A neighbor told CBS2’s Ali Bauman he heard the shots.
“Around 10 or 15 shots came from behind my building, which is, I’m not going to say not normal, but it’s the occurrence here in Harlem. It’s been getting bad over the last year or so,” he said. “I thought they were fireworks.”
The injured officers and McNeil were taken to Harlem Hospital, where one officer, who was 22 years old, and McNeil later died.
A woman who works at the hospital told CBS2’s Cory James she saw the chaos as she was leaving.
“Two of the nurses were running by, saying, ‘Move out of the way, move out of the way, emergency, emergency,’” she said.
Further details have not yet been released.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg responded to the incident on Twitter, saying, “This is a horrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers, their families and the entire NYPD. The officers who serve and protect us risk their lives every day. Violence against police cannot be tolerated.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a statement, saying, “All of New York state is in mourning tonight. As we await the facts, my office may assert jurisdiction in this matter. We pray for the safety of our police and our communities.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement, “I’m horrified that one NYPD officer was killed in the line of duty tonight and another is in critical condition. My heart is with their families, friends and their fellow officers. We must do more to get guns off our streets and prevent these tragedies.”
“It is our city against the killers. It is our city against the killers. This was just not an attack on three brave officers. This was an attack on the city of New York. It is an attack on the children and families of this city. And we are not going to win this battle by dividing lines between us. We must save this city together. That is what we must do,” Mayor Eric Adams said.
He called on Washington to help stop the flow of guns into the city.
“We are going to find these guns and we are going to find those who carry them and use them. We are committed to ending this violence. My heart goes out to these families who are experiencing such a traumatic experience,” Adams said.
Harlem residents spoke to CBS2 about the gun violence in the city.
“They’re starting to get out of hand. I think the approach needs to be different. I think they need to be more aggressive,” one person said.
“We’re about to have a baby, too, so that kind of makes it worse. You want to be able to walk your child in a stroller and feel safe at night. I do my laundry right where the shooting happened. Just a sad night,” another person said.
Including Friday night’s incident, four officers have been shot this week, and a total of five police officers have been shot this month.
Earlier this week, an officer on Staten Island was shot in the leg and another officer was shot in the leg in the Bronx. Both of those officers are expected to recover.
On New Year’s Day, an NYPD officer was shot while resting in his car between shifts in East Harlem. Officials believe he was hit in the head by a stray bullet. That officer was treated and released from the hospital.