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NYPD: Cops Shoot Armed Teen On Rooftop In Brooklyn

Police said a Ruger revolver was recovered from a shooting scene in Brooklyn on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (credit: NYPD)

Police said a Ruger revolver was recovered from a shooting scene in Brooklyn on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An armed teenager on the roof of a building was shot and wounded Monday night by police in Brooklyn.

It happened just after 9:35 p.m. A sergeant and an officer responding to reports of gunfire from a rooftop on Atlantic Avenue near Monaco Place in Brownsville and began canvassing an adjoining rooftop, authorities said.

Residents nearby said they heard a gun being fired from the roof.

“It was BB guns first and then it started getting louder and more realistic,” resident Devon Williams told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

That was when police shot one of two suspects, a 16-year-old who was armed with a Ruger revolver, in both arms and his right ankle, police said.

The teen — identified by police as Gino Mercado of Brooklyn — was taken to Brookdale Hospital under police guard and was last reported in stable condition.

The second suspect — James Caples, 22, also of Brooklyn — was also taken into custody.

Both were charged with attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing.

Police said the weapon was recovered at the scene. Police told 1010 WINS investigators won’t know what type of bullets the wounded teenager was firing until they do ballistics tests.