It appears some officers need to go back to the practice range after over half the shots fired hit the wrong person. Then there will be more calls for more ‘gun control’ instead of more ‘conceal carry permits’ being issued. Of course in New York there isn’t a 2nd amendment.
Basic gun safety dictates you should never point a firearm at something that is not safe to shoot. When you shoot at a target you need to know what’s behind that target. If you miss, it’s your responsibility to ensure that stray rounds don’t cause unintended injury or damage. Will these officers take responsibility for their stray rounds?
Another gun safety rule is never to shoot at water or a hard surface. Doing so increases the likelihood of ricochets or fragmentation of the bullet which can strike unintended targets. A video report by NBC New York states bystanders were wounded when police’s stray bullets ricocheted off heavy-duty pots. This demonstrates the NYPD’s apparent lack of fundamental gun safety knowledge.
These are rudimentary firearm safety rules, and the first rules taught at any gun safety course. They’re rules you would think cops would be required to know and implement.
Instead of focusing on disarming his citizens, the mayor , more importantly, should focus on making sure his officers know fundamental gun safety.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly would have us believe Johnson fired at officers before he was gunned down, but according to CBS, authorities say ballistics tests don’t back that up.
New York (CNN) — All nine people injured in Friday’s shooting in front of the Empire State Building were wounded by police gunfire, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Saturday.
The officers unloaded a total of 16 rounds at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he shot and killed a co-worker and engaged in a gunbattle with police, authorities have said.
Authorities said an investigation is under way after one officer shot nine rounds and another shot seven. Three victims suffered gunshot wounds, while the remaining six were hit by fragments.
Police identified the gunman as Jeffrey Johnson, 58, who was apparently laid off from his job as a designer of women’s accessories at Hazan Import Co. last year.
Police identified the slain victim as 41-year-old Steven Ercolino, who had apparently filed a prior complaint against his assailant that claimed he thought Johnson would try to kill him.
Both men filed harassment complaints against each other in April 2011, Kelly added.
Johnson’s longstanding dispute with the gunman “apparently centered on the fact that Ercolino was not selling — at least in Johnson’s opinion — as much of his product … as he wanted him to,” Kelly said.
The suspect lost his job last year “as a result of downsizing” but continued to return to the company regularly, having “a confrontation with Ercolino virtually every time he went back.”
The violence erupted Friday morning just as visitors began to queue up to ascend the famous New York skyscraper in one of Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods.
Kelly had said the bystanders were not hit directly by police, but rather the officers’ struck “flowerpots and other objects around, so … their bullets fragmented and, in essence, that’s what caused the wounds.”
Six of the wounded were treated and released at hospitals by Friday evening, while three others remained hospitalized, he added.
One of those wounded, Erica Solar, was on her way to get a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts when a bullet tore through the back of her leg, her brother said. The Manhattan receptionist is being treated at the city’s Bellevue Hospital. (I thought the article just said, “the bystanders were not hit directly by police”?)