Two cops injured in crash while racing to Bushwick shooting

Cops from the 83rd Precinct were injured responding to a shooting at Cornelia Street and Bushwick Avenue.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Two police officers were injured Thursday night as they were racing to the scene of a shooting in Bushwick, police say.

On their way to Cornelia Street, officers from the 83rd Precinct struck a pole near Grove Street and Bushwick Avenue just after 11 pm, officials said.

Neither officer was seriously injured in the crash, and both were taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to authorities.

Other cops responded to the shooting, where they found an unidentified man shot in the arm. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was last reported in stable condition.

There was no description of the assailant and the victim was said to be “uncooperative.” Police sealed off Bushwick Avenue to secure spent shells scattered on the ground.

Cops investigate a shooting in Bushwick.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

In an unrelated incident, a 59-year-old pedestrian was struck by a late model Nissan traveling on Eastern Parkway at Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 11 pm. The pedestrian was said to have struck the windshield of the vehicle before landing on the ground.

The pedestrian was rushed by EMS to Brookdale Unversity Medical Center in serious condition.

Police from the 71st Precinct detained the driver of the car, but determined that the pedestrian was crossing “against the signal.” Highway investigators, however, were still investigating the crash as of Friday morning.

“With every breath the man took, he was looking lifeless,” said witness Shannon Turner, adding that nurses ran out of a nearby McDonald’s and performed CPR on the victim. “I hope he pulls through.”

A Nissan sits on Eastern Parkway after striking a pedestrian on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

This story first appeared on AMNY.com