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Off-Duty Cop Shot, Robbery Suspect Killed in Wild Shootout Outside Woodside Nightclub

The scene near the shooting in Woodside (L) and an image of the handgun recovered by police (R) (Citizen and NYPD)

Dec. 16, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

An off-duty NYPD lieutenant was critically wounded — while a suspect was fatally shot — during an attempted robbery turned shootout on a Woodside street early Thursday.

The cop was targeted by a group of at least three armed suspects wearing ski masks as he left La Boom nightclub, located at 56-15 Northern Blvd., at around 3:10 a.m., according to police.

The group attempted to rob him of his jewelry as he walked along Northern Boulevard and 57th Street which sparked a gunfight, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press briefing this morning.

The suspects discharged nine bullets, striking the cop in the torso and leg, Shea said.

The lieutenant, who has not been named, fired eight times and hit one of the suspects in the chest and stomach, Shea said.

Responding police officers found the off-duty cop and the 20-year-old suspect lying on the ground with gunshot wounds, Shea said.

Police, including NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, held a press briefing this morning following a shootout in Woodside (Photo NYPD)

They were both rushed to Elmhurst Hospital by EMS where the off-duty cop was listed in a critical but stable condition while the suspect was pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m., he said.

The other would-be robbers fled the scene, possibly in a car, Shea said.

The lieutenant had been on duty Wednesday until just before midnight and then made his way to the nightclub, Shea said. He is a 15-year-veteran who is stationed in Brooklyn, police said.

“He has multiple gunshot wounds,” Shea said. “He is lucky to be alive.”

A handgun belonging to the dead suspect was found at the scene. The gun was a semi-automatic fitted with an extended magazine, police said.

The dead suspect’s identity has not yet been released pending family notification.

He has one prior arrest in New York City for gang assault last year, Shea said.

Shea said a pattern of similar robberies have been taking place throughout the city recently where suspects target victims wearing jewelry as they leave nightclubs. Police are investigating links between those incidents and last night’s shooting in Woodside, he said.

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Not every crime needs a press conference

Taso – Why hasn’t Fox News come out against the shootings? They are entertainment and opinion as they have stated before judges on several occasions.

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silvi WERNER

Any establishment where there is trouble should be closed indefinately. We cannot have our law enforcement endangered as well as the public. We do not want these criminals in our communities…….lock them up forever.

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Fund the police

Glad the officer was alive and criminal was dead. That’s what happens when u defund the police and new bail form shit. Criminals are step ahead now😡

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Fiscal restraint is a conservative value

We already fund the police. My niece made $45K in overtime alone working on NYPD..

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Ken

Too bad the police officer didn’t kill the other two lowlifes. They will eventually be caught and the justice system will take care of them. Sending prayers for the officer’s complete recovery.

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pete

I am glad the officer defended himself and unfortunately he was shot and badly injured. And I hope he makes a full recovery.

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Charles

And the New York City commissioner who’s taking over in January sent her condolences to the families and friends of the robber that was killed 🤦‍♂️ during the shooting with the cop. Abbott and Costello should be in charge of the nypd, I think they would make more sense with “ who’s on first.

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save queens from itself

You can’t go out at night: period. I wonder if these hoods are locals? I am praying for the police officer to recover. Of course, the usual suspects who were running around Sunnyside screaming at the cops, will now be silent.

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

Save Queens from the gloom and doom hysteria of the over exaggerating fearful fear mongers. Hundreds of thousands if not over a million people went out Wednesday into Thursday morning in NYC without incident .

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CNN causes brain rot

There is stupid and there is cnn stupid
Crime is up
Police are inactive
And yes people are staying home at night rather than getting thrown onto train tracks

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Carbie Barbie

Here’s a thought: Corporate media like CNN, Fox & MSNBC all cause brain rot. Just different flavors of rot.

How about reading and listening to independent news sources like Democracy Now, The Intercept, Gothamist, The City, etc?

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

CNN- Even during an increase in crime and your belief people are staying home like you, over a million people went out in NYC Wednesday night into Thursday morning without incident. So what is your post about?

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Snap Out Of It

Cowards are easily swayed by rightwing hysteria machines like Fox, OANN, nypost etc.

This was bad, obviously.

But “can’t go out at night?” That’s stupidity. We’re not in a Syrian battlefield or on the Russia Ukraine border.

Crime rates are STILL near historic lows and yet the rightwing media hype machine has you cowering with the usual “if it bleeds it leads” chicken little, sky is falling crap.

Snap out of it, cowards.

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Carbie Barbie

Show your evidence. Violent crime has increased recently, that I grant you. But still near historic lows last I read.

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Carbie Barbie

No problem. Here you go, David.

https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/USA/united-states/crime-rate-statistics

And this:
“How have crime rates in the U.S. changed over time?
Both the FBI and BJS data show dramatic declines in U.S. violent and property crime rates since the early 1990s, when crime spiked across much of the nation.”
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/20/facts-about-crime-in-the-u-s/

And for a local view, here:
“Subway crime is at historic lows — but a survey published by the MTA Wednesday found loads of New Yorkers continue to avoid mass transit because they believe it’s unsafe.”
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-nypd-crime-data-subway-survey-mta-20211117-6yhq6dimwjbqzhmonjpjaxlhqy-story.html

“INSKEEP: And I don’t want to suggest at all that an increase in homicides is not important. Obviously, it’s exceptionally important in the lives of people who are directly affected. But I want to keep it in perspective. Are we still relatively near historic lows in crime? Or have things significantly moved up?

WRIGHT: Homicides have significantly moved up from recent years. So this takes us back to levels – homicide rates that we would have seen in the late ’90s. But it would have been much higher than this as a matter of homicide rates in the early ’90s. And as for the other crimes, we’re still way down at the lower levels that we had been moving toward over the last couple of decades.”
https://www.npr.org/2021/06/24/1009750935/violent-crime-rates-are-surging-what-can-be-done-to-reverse-the-trend

which way did he go?

Violent crime is on the rise and will continue to rise…there is nothing wrong with holding weak politicians accountable…maybe they can do their job and actually address the rise in crime instead of turning these criminals loose on the public…as this gets worse all the big mouth progressives saying its all FOX news’ fault will be moving to the burbs on their parents dime…another bunch of fake tough guys

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BrYnda Fee

John it’s not the clubs fault. The guy was wearing nice jewelry and he has a right to.

Prayers for the Lieutenant and his family

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So that's what was going on.

I was there at around 6:30 this morning and that area was all closed off. But srsly… NY1 made NO MENTION of this closure at all!!! As USUAL!!!

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No it wasn't.

Not by the time I left which was at 6:30ish… Was up and watching since 5am. Nothing was said.

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Taso

Same question why has t any local politician come out to say something about the shootings in Astoria 2 in a week 10th plus in a year ….

Guess it don’t fit the ideal agenda …

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