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The New York Police Department (NYPD) said its detectives apprehended three men who shot at a party in Queens late Friday night.
During a press conference, NYPD Patrol Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said that at approximately 11:35 p.m. ET, members of the Violent Crimes Team were in the area of 219th Street and 130th Avenue in Springfield Gardens, Queens.
Detectives were observing a party in the area, including approximately 75-100 attendees.
“And, they were observing this party because they thought there was potential for violence involving some of the local street crews,” he explained.
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The plainclothes detectives were in an unmarked car when a group of unidentified people drove into the same intersection and pulled out at least three guns.
They fired guns in the vicinity of the party and the detectives – realizing the danger was imminent – got out of their vehicle.
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“Our detectives exchanged fire with the group of men and our detectives were able to apprehend three of the men,” Maddrey said.
All three men suffered gunshot wounds.
One of the shooters was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and the other two were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Two of the men were known to the department with “past criminal justice encounters.”
None of the NYPD detectives were injured, but they were taken to a local hospital to be checked for tinnitus and other ailments.
Three firearms were recovered from the scene.
Maddrey told reporters that whether any of the weapons recovered were a “ghost weapon” was “still being determined”.
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It is also not known whether any civilians were harmed in the incident.
“At the moment we don’t know and it’s still an ongoing investigation,” he said.