By Juliet Papa

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -Police shot a man brandishing a fake pistol at Grant Highway near 167th street in the Bronx early Friday morning.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: One witness said there was a rowdy, fighting crowd outside a club near the scene

img 51291 Man Brandishing Fake Pistol Shot By Police In The Bronx

Crime scene and shell casing markers in the Bronx, April 22, 2011 (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Mamdou Balde, 21, was transported to Lincoln Hospital and is in critical but stable condition.

Balde was shot multiple times. He was hit in the arm, foot and groin.

Police said they responded to a call of a large fight in front of 1263 Grant Highway shortly before 3:00 a.m.

Initial reports suggest a crowd of people had been partying in a nearby club. A brawling group spilled outside into the street.

When police responded to the scene, they say they spotted Balde with a gun pointing it at the group of people. They demanded he drop it, and when he refused, police opened fire. They fired 18 shots.

Police say the gun Balde was carrying turned out to be an imitation 9mm Beretta pistol. The fake gun was recovered at the scene.

A woman who identified herself as Nina described the shooting.

“I basically heard the gunshots and the people running and screaming right after the gunshots,” Nina said.

Three officers who were involved in the shooting were reportedly transported to a hospital in Westchester. It is standard procedure for officers involved in a shooting to be taken to a hospital for examination.

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