A man is in critical condition in the hospital after being shot by police in East Harlem when officers say he turned a gun on them. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
It was a frightening scene for residents of the Washington Houses on 102nd Street and Third Avenue early Sunday morning.
"It was just like, 'Boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom,' and then mad cop cars," said one person at the scene.
Police say two officers shot a man who pointed a gun at them during a chase.
"It wasn't like, 'Bang bang bang.' It wasn't that," said one person at the scene. "It was just a spray of bullets.
It all started around 2 a.m. when police were called for a disorderly crowd. When officers arrived and started questioning people, police say one man they were talking to ran away.
"Just started running," said one person at the scene. "By the time he get behind this building, we just heard gunfire."
During the chase, police say the officers realized he had a gun, and they say when he pointed it at them, they opened fire, hitting him with several shots.
Police released the picture at left of the .22 caliber revolver they say the suspect was carrying. It all happened just steps away from the 23rd Precinct station house.
"Yeah, the precinct is right on the corner," said one person at the scene. "But this is, you know, Spanish Harlem, and unfortunately, at times, gunshots are common, especially right here in this corridor."
That sentiment was echoed by other residents along this stretch of Third Avenue, who said shootings are all too common around here.
"We get used to it after a while around here," said one resident. "That's how it is."
Q: Does it surprise you to hear that many gunshots at night?
Resident: No. It happens. Especially on weekends, it happens, so it doesn't surprise me.
The man who was shot was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical but stable condition. The officers were taken to St. Luke's for ringing in their ears.
Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Michael Schultz of Manhattan.
He is facing charges of attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and menacing a police officer.