NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A young girl and a woman were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle between police and a suspect in the Bronx Wednesday night.
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The suspect was also shot twice by officers during an ensuing street chase in the University Heights section.
Chopper 2 was over the scene, showing an extensive police presence around West Fordham Road and Loring Place as investigators searched the ground for shell casings and NYPD helicopters circled the block with searchlights.
Police were called to the area around 6 p.m. and witnessed the suspect running out of a building lobby carrying a backpack.
“They saw him running out, mask over his face, very suspicious,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.
Investigators say the masked man turned and shot at the plainclothes officers, who then ran after him and returned fire. In the chaos, Monahan says a female bystander was struck once in the stomach and a 12-year-old girl was hit by bullet fragments in her leg.
At least 20 rounds were fired, according to police. One of the bullets flew threw a nearby kitchen window as some people took cover in a neighborhood bodega.
Police caught up to the suspect after he was shot in the neck and foot. Officers recovered his gun and backpack at the scene. Inside the backpack, they say, was a large brick of narcotics.
Police say the woman, child, and suspect are all at Saint Barnabas Hospital and are expected to survive.