Man Shot 23 Times Recovering In Harlem

NYPD Launches 46-Shot Barrage; Mayor Rails Over Illegal Guns

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 wins) — There were more questions than answers Monday night after police responded to an argument at a block party and unleashed 46 gunshots.

One man is dead and another is recovering after being hit as many as 23 times. Two NYPD officers were wounded, one by friendly fire, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

It may not look like it from the picture but Angel Alvarez is a very lucky man. He was shot two-dozen times yet he recovered enough to use head nods and gestures Monday to tell his lawyer his version of an argument at a Harlem block party gone terrible terribly wrong.

“I asked him whether he had a gun, he said no. I asked him whether he fired any shots and he indicated no,” attorney John Carney said.

Alvarez’s argument with Luis Soto after the party ended with Soto dead and cops firing 46 times.  CBS 2’s Lou Young reports Police Commissioner Ray Kelly conceded on Monday night that Alverez was wrestling with Soto over an illegal .38 revolver when four responding police officers started firing.

Sources tell CBS 2 that the bullet that fatally killed Soto came from a police officer’s weapon.

Kelly said there are conflicting reports over which man had possession of the weapon as they fought. Who fired that gun also remains unclear. Police said that two bullets from the .38 were fired at a police officer, which is when, police said, as many as six cops responded.

“We have witnesses that say that Luis Soto had a gun. We have witnesses that say there was a struggle with Alvarez over the gun and witnesses that say Angel Alvarez had the gun in his possession,” Kelly said.

In the shootout:

* A sergeant fired 16 times

* A police officer also fired 16 times

* Another fired 12 times

* And the cop who was originally shot at fired twice

* The “Soto” gun was fired four times

* It’s unclear whether Alvarez or Soto fired it, since there were no fingerprints recovered

* Soto was left for dead, hit five times. Only one bullet was recovered from his body and it came from a police gun

There are questions being raised about the use of deadly force, but John Jay College’s Dr. Maria Haberfeld said the police appeared to act properly. Hearing shots they had to stop the shooter.

“They have to stop the shooter because you just don’t know where it’s going. It can be one shooter, can be another shooter obviously shooting in a crowded situation. They will be victims,” Haberfeld said.

“The first obligation is to stop the shooter.”

However, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports Mayor Michael Bloomberg was furious Monday over the illegal gun that was brought to the party.

“Let’s not forget the first and foremost thing, somebody came with a gun that you’d only use to kill somebody. They did kill … somebody got killed, and the police who are putting their lives on the line to protect us were in the line of fire,” Bloomberg said. “There’s no place for guns, or knives, or violence at any city event or any event that takes place in the city.

“The story is too many illegal guns on the street, people wanting to kill other people and our cops putting their lives on the line so you and I can go about our business safely. We will not tolerate it and we will make sure that we keep doing what we have been doing. We’ve added an awful lot of impact officers. We’ve added an awful lot of overtime to keep this city safe and we’re gonna keep doing it.”

Asked if there should be a curfew on large parties, the mayor replied: “In some neighborhoods they have had a tradition of partying. We don’t want to take away people’s rights to enjoy themselves.”

The case is being handled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, but sources tell CBS 2 it may take a while to sort out because it’s very complicated and involved a lot of people.

The district attorney has not filed charges against Alvarez or anyone else at this time.

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  1. Joseph McAdoo says:

    Damn! How do you get shot up 23 times and still survive? Does it take 46 shots to calm down a suspect? If the NYPD did this every time and went around every corner where there are drugs being used and sold, I would guarantee that there would be no more drugs in the city!

  2. Bianca says:

    Where r u people from ? The situation is crazy, but if u new the environment these kids grew up in u would understand. If Soto had the gun why did the other young man Alvarez get shot up to that extreme. I went to school with Soto and I don’t remember him being a troubled youth, but like I said the environment that your surrounded by causes wrong choices that ends the lives of young people every day ex.( Soto). I pray for both young men and their families. Always remember there are 3 sides to a story, your side their side and the truth.

  3. Ravn says:

    Fighting over Tic-Tacs when you’re 11 is a great memory. Adults fighting over a gun is a different story. I have no sympathy for that sort of battle regardless of the outcome. If a police officer sees you with a gun and yells “Drop it .. stop !” and you don’t – consider the outcome the return policy for disobeying that initial order. They both put the public at risk by fighting over the weapon – not the police. Everyone that knew they had those weapons are as responsible and guilty for how things turned out. There is no reward for a life of crime.

  4. concerned says:

    lets stop the bullsh*t the police put their lives on the line everyday… so do just about all the minimum wage workers in the world. its just that the police cry the loudest saying that their job is more dangerous that any other. which is not true. The police are one of the only positions that you know the dangers when you sign up for that job. if your scared then get another job!.These cops shot 44 times and ended up shooting another cop.and they were afraid of the 4 shots the Soto gun fired hitting the Innocent bystanders ? Wake up America… we need to stop the abuse of power.

  5. sick of all this b.s. says:

    If you go to a party with a gun you deserve what ever comes to you if you act like a crazy nut you deserve what happens to you. The cops respond to a job and everyone acts like they are the victim. There were no innocent victims here just a bunch of animals. As for the cops its a difficult job to do but they must get it right you cannot encircle a bad guy and shoot. What do you think will happen?

  6. loveNYPD says:

    daysha is you stupid soto was holding a gun and you calling these cops thugs you need help what you want these cops to stand there and watch soto shoot poeple up i wish you was there and get shot hahaha god job NYPD and you suck daysha

  7. Daysha says:

    So tragic! Angel your here for a reason…believe that! my deepest sympathy to the Soto family. As the daughter of a retired Police Officer- I will say there are still good cops on the force. Sadly most of these new ones are thugs and hustlers themselves! Terrible story.

  8. Charlie Morton says:

    Bloomberg has it all wrong. Good people don’t go to block parties armed. But they should. Maybe someone else could have stopped what was going down. You put a gun in a drunk clowns hands and you wind up with a dead drunk clown. Get all of the facts out there before you start shooting off your pie hole. Too bad or maybe lucky Angel will be able to sort out things for the 5-O. I hope he survives. He should have a good story if he is able to remember. Good luck Angel and great job NYPD. You have the backing of the boys in Texas.

    1. Dan says:

      I’m sure the NYPD appreciates the backing of the “boys in Texas” who suggest “good” people carry firearms. I’m sure NY’s finest would feel safer in an environment where MORE people would potentially be lethally armed. Perhaps someone with your perspective would try to take it upon themselves to pull out a gun during such a situation… you know what would happen? The police would have an additional subject to deal with- and likely be forced to open fire on that person as well. Mr. Morton, you might be surprised to know most police aren’t telepathic enough to know, within the split seconds of a shootout, which person holding a gun might be “good” and which one might be “bad”.

      Here in Yankee town, we prefer to limit gun ownership to those in LE. Yes the bad guys will carry guns- mainly because of people like yourself who fight every attempt to limit their access to them. As a result, Mr. Bad Guy still gets to drive down to a gun show in Texas, North Carolina or some other NRA loving state, bring back a box of Glocks to NYC and kill a whole bunch of “good” people every year.

      Now what was that about shooting off one’s pie hole? Why don’t you take some of your own advice?

    2. Mark says:

      I’m sure the NYPD appreciates the backing of the “boys in Texas” who suggest “good” people carry firearms. I’m sure NY’s finest would feel safer in an environment where MORE people would potentially be lethally armed. Perhaps someone with your perspective would try to take it upon themselves to pull out a gun during such a situation… you know what would happen? The police would have an additional subject to deal with- and likely be forced to open fire on that person as well. Mr. Morton, you might be surprised to know most police aren’t telepathic enough to know, within the split seconds of a shootout, which person holding a gun might be “good” and which one might be “bad”.

      Here in Yankee town, we prefer to limit gun ownership to those in LE. Yes the bad guys will carry guns- mainly because of people like yourself who fight every attempt to limit their access to them. As a result, Mr. Bad Guy still gets to drive down to a gun show in Texas, North Carolina or some other NRA loving state, bring back a box of Glocks to NYC and kill a whole bunch of “good” people every year.

      Now what was that about shooting off one’s pie hole? Why don’t you take some of your own advice?

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