Authorities believe a man who said he wanted to kill as many people as possible at the NYC Pride March tried to set off a firework earlier Friday, then went to the New York Police Department’s 70th Precinct in Queens and threatened to shoot up the parade as it was underway and opened fire on passing officers, authorities said.
“It’s my job to take care of the entire city of New York, so everybody get ready to run if you hear gunfire,” he allegedly told officers, according to a criminal complaint.
The man, described by the police as wearing a gray sweatshirt and yellow sneakers, began shooting off fireworks about 2:10 p.m. in front of 200 Club on Bowery in the Financial District, according to police. A short time later, he ran up to an NYPD officer on foot patrol in Queens, saying, “You ain’t safe,” a law enforcement official said.
He began shooting, but authorities said there were no shots fired in that incident.
Then, according to the complaint, the man drove his car past the NYPD’s car in front of the 70th Precinct and opened fire on the officers in the unmarked car. The police officer then returned fire, striking the man. A security officer was also wounded in the exchange, authorities said.
No one was seriously injured in the incident, the police said. The three officers and the shooter, 28, remained hospitalized, but all were in stable condition.
He has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, attempted assault, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, according to police.