NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A shooting on the Upper West Side led to a commotion after a man in custody jumped out of a police cruiser.
The shooting was reported at 250 W. 63rd St. at around 4 p.m. in which a 27-year-old man was wounded. The victim in that incident was shot in the torso and is expected to survive.
Following the shooting, several fights broke out on the street and one of the suspects managed to escape from a police vehicle before officers tackled him.
Witnesses told CBS2’s Christina Fan several family members and friends related to the parties involved in the shooting came out and started fighting on the street. Police say three people were arrested near the Amsterdam Houses for hindering a police investigation.
“All I heard was someone arguing, I saw someone running that way, so I looked out my window wondering what’s going on?” said one witness to the chaos.
While police were trying to control the crowd, one man escaped from a police cruiser with his hands cuffed. Officers wrestled him to ground.
One NYPD officer suffered minor injuries to his leg.
“The suspect here, the suspect there,” said witness Dutch Benendez. “Then some of the people arrested who weren’t suspects in the shooting looked like they were mad at the shooter so they were going after him.
“They were all trying to find a weapon,” he said.
“All I heard was a big – someone arguing. I saw someone running that way. I looked out my window and wondering what’s going on,” another witness told Fan. “When I came out my building I saw them. They took my friend’s son and they had him handcuffed on the floor, they were rumbling with him.”
There was been no arrest from the initial shooting.