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Police: Hit-And-Run Driver Who Fired Shots At Officers Still At Large

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Police are looking for a man in his 60s who they say fired at two officers after being pulled over in Queens Thursday night near the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge.

It started Thursday night around 9 p.m. when police pulled over a black pickup truck at Broadway and Crescent Street in Astoria.

The driver fired a shot at the officers, then sped off clipping at least one of them.


He abandoned the car a few blocks away at 37th Avenue and 24th Street.

Police were seen Friday morning searching in a backyard near where the car was left.

"Heard three shots and that's it. And all the ambulances and police officers and everything," said one resident. "Oh my God. It's kind of freaky when you see the helicopter and everything."

Police say the truck was being pulled over because the driver and car matched descriptions from a robbery in East Elmhurst around 4 p.m.

Investigators say a man who matched the description that police gave, robbed a woman on 79th Street and then sped away in a black pickup truck.

"I saw a black pickup truck pull up and a woman was screaming and I saw him peel away and he threw her to the floor and she was screaming I came down I called 911 and he robbed her bag," said one witness.

Both officers were taken to Cornell Medical Center and are expected to recover.

The Queensboro Bridge was shut down briefly as a result of the investigation.

Police say the man they are looking for has a heavy build and glasses.

The truck was reported stolen a few days ago in Florida.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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