NYC shootout: Off-duty NYPD lieutenant injured, robbery suspect killed

The off-duty NYPD lieutenant was shot outside of a nightclub during a suspected robbery in Queens on Dec. 16, 2021.
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The off-duty NYPD lieutenant was shot outside of a nightclub during a suspected robbery in Queens on Dec. 16, 2021.
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An off-duty NYPD lieutenant is seriously injured and in a likely to die condition after a shootout early Thursday outside a Queens nightclub — where armed suspects attempted to rob him of his jewelry, police officials said.

The officer had just left La Boom nightclub in Woodside around 3 a.m. when the gun-toting crew aimed at him, triggering a gunfight at Northern Boulevard and 57th Street, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference.

At one particular time, one of the suspects was shot in the chest and stomach as the others ran away. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and declared dead at 3:35 a.m., Shea said.

The officer, who was not openly identified, was also taken to Elmhurst, where he is in a serious but stable condition after suffering


gunshot wounds, Shea said

“We just came from a briefing where we watched the body camera of the first responding officers, and I think we would have a very different outcome if not for the professionalism of those FDNY paramedics and for what they did to save our officer’s life,”

the city’s top cop said.

“This officer had minutes to live,”

added Lou Turco, president of the Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association.

One of the suspects’ semi-automatic handgun was discovered at the scene, he added.

Shea cautioned that the investigation is yet in its early stages, still said it’s of the opinion the suspects in ski masks were looking to swipe the jewelry the officer was wearing.
The same robberies outside high-end eateries and nightclubs have played out in ongoing months in Manhattan, with patrons aimed at for their flashy jewelry.

“It would certainly fit the existing pattern that we have,”

Shea said of the Thursday morning incident.

Officials gather at the scene of the shooting.
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The lieutenant was on duty Wednesday night until exactly before midnight, subsequently appeared up at the club, Shea said. He is a 15-year-veteran who works in Brooklyn, as stated by police sources.

One eye witness who was on duty inside La Boom disclosed to The Post they heard the melee became known.

“I heard maybe 12 to 15 shots and I just threw myself on the floor,” he said. “It sounded like they were going back and forth.”

The gun recovered at the scene of the shootout
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The unidentified suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Rapper Myke Towers, who was accomplishing his function at the club at the time of the shooting, was rushed off stage, witnesses told WPIX.

The 20-year-old suspect who was killed has one previous arrest — for gang assault — in the Big Apple from last year, as stated by Shea and police sources.

He and three others reportedly beat another man with plywood, as stated by the sources.

The shooting took place outside of La Boom nightclub in Queens on Dec. 16, 2021.
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NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea updates reporters during a morning press conference.
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Turco said the shooting outside La Boom draw special attention to the urgent need to keep criminals off the street.

“We got lucky tonight,” he said. “It’s like, when is this luck going to run out?”

“Stop with just getting guns off the street – change the narrative to get the individual and the gun off the street,”

the union president added.

“So let’s see if we can get that message out, because we’re losing it out there. There [are] too many guns out there and we’re going to run into one, and we’re not going to be as lucky.”

Incoming NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell Plunge into the officer-involved shooting during an appearance on Fox 5.

“I certainly don’t want to comment on that investigation — we can only have one police commissioner at a time,”

she said.

“But I certainly want to make sure the officer’s doing well, or at least recuperating, and my condolences to the family and friends of the person who is deceased.”

NYPD officers stand outside of the La Boom nightclub on Dec. 16, 2021.
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