NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police said an armed teenager who was shot and wounded by police officers on the roof of a building in Brooklyn was firing blanks.
Police were responding to a report of gunfire from a rooftop on Atlantic Avenue just after 9:35 p.m. Monday when they encountered two suspects.
One of the suspects, 16-year-old Gino Mercado of Brooklyn, was armed with a Ruger revolver, which subsequently turned out to be loaded with blanks.
Some residents nearby said they heard shots being fired from the roof and said it sounded like a BB gun, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported.
Mercado was shot in both arms and his right ankle and was listed in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital.
Both Mercado and his accomplice, 22-year-old James Caples, were arrested on charges of attempted assault on a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said the weapon was recovered at the scene.
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