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Two persons of interest are being questioned in connection with a shooting that injured a city police officer Thursday night outside a Brooklyn housing complex, sources tell NY1.

Police say it happened outside 365 Fountain Avenue in East New York just before 11 p.m.

According to investigators, two officers saw a shooting and ran after a suspect, but lost sight of him and called in for help.

Officer Jamil Sarwar and his partner were on patrol in the Cypress Hills housing development and responded to the call.

They headed over and heard more shots fired.

At some point, investigators say, Sarwar was hit in the right thigh.

"They go into 365 Fountain to take cover. When they're inside they realize that officer Sarwar has been shot in the right thigh. We do a search of the building, we find some shell casings on the roof," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Police believe the shots came from a nearby rooftop, though it's unclear if he was targeted or if the shooting was random.

The officer was released from Jamaica Hospital Friday.

Sarwar has been on the force for a year and a half.

Kelly said the officer, who works out of the 75th precinct, was lucky.

"Of course, he could have been struck anywhere in his body, and the other officer as well with him also could have been struck," the police commissioner said.

Sarwar is the sixth officer shot in the line of duty this year, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that's unacceptable.

In a statement, Bloomberg said, "When a young police officer is shot while on routine patrol on the Fourth of July, there is no clearer message that we need to continue to do everything we can to get guns off our streets."

Community leaders say it's up to neighbors to come forward with information.

"If you know something, say something. If you're the guy's neighbor, come out say something, the precinct is just down the block," said 75th Precinct Community Council President Juan Rodriguez.

"It is not okay to shoot at police officers in our community irrespective of whatever issue you have with the police department, you do not shoot at officers who are here to do a job," said community activist Tony Herbert.

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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