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Brooklyn Man Accused of Shooting NYPD Rookie Faces List of Charges

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The man arrested for shooting a rookie police office yesterday in Brooklyn is now facing a slew of charges, including attempted murder and assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon.

The charges against Rashun Robinson, 28, of Brooklyn come as the EMTs who came to the aid of the officer are telling their story.

Shaun Alexander and Kadija Hall say they were off-duty and sitting in a car in the parking lot of a White Castle when they watched the whole shootout happen.

Police say Officer James Li and his partner, Officer Randy Chow, saw two men entering a B46 bus through the back door around 5 p.m Wednesday at Utica Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights.

When the officers brought them off the bus, police say Robinson ran off, then turned and fired three shots.

Li was hit in the legs; Chow was not hurt.

Both officers fired back, but neither hit Robinson.

That's when Hall and Alexander say they grabbed medical supplies from their trunk and rushed to the injured officer.

"He was saying, 'I think I'm shot somewhere else.' We were like 'No, we're gonna check you, we got you. Stay calm everything is gonna be all right.' You know, he said, 'I'm okay?' I said, 'Yes, you're gonna be fine,'" Hall said.

"I don't consider myself a hero. You know, we do this every day. We're not the only one that does this. There's a lot of us out there that doesn't get the recognition every day because it's our job," Alexander said.

Robinson was arrested inside a nearby building.

A 45-caliber gun was recovered at the scene.

Police say he has six prior arrests in the city and an active drug warrant from Pennsylvania.

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