UPDATE: 7:45 PM EST
Police Commissioner William Bratton held a news conference Saturday evening to address the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers earlier in the day.
Bratton, who called the shooting an “assassination,” confirmed the identity of the shooter as 28-year-old Ismayyil Brinsley. Brinsley died of a self-inflicted wound after he ran into a nearby train station.
The commissioner also identified the officers as Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Earlier in the day, the suspect shot a woman in Baltimore. The NYPD received a wanted warning from Baltimore police around the same time the attack on Ramos and Liu took place.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also spoke on the shooting, calling it a “moment of terrible loss.”
“We lost two good men who devoted their lives to protecting all of us,” de Blasio said. “When a police officer is murdered it’s an attack on all of us.”
UPDATE: 6:46 PM EST
According to the NYDailyNews, the shooter has been identified as Ismael Brinsley. It is suspected the Baltimore resident wounded his girlfriend before driving to New York City and killing the two officers. Police have not confirmed the latest report.
We will continue to keep you updated.
Tensions have been high in New York City following the chokehold death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD, and now, according new reports, two NYPD officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn while sitting in their patrol car.
The shooting occurred around 3:00 p.m. EST at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood.
The unidentified shooter approached the vehicle from behind around 3:00 p.m. and opened fire before fleeing into the Myrtle-Willougby G train station with other police officers in pursuit. Witnesses report hearing a gunshot, though it has not been confirmed if police shot the suspect or if he died from self-inflicted wounds.
Bed stuy right now… pic.twitter.com/AVVHo3lC2z
— mariana peña cater (@marianitapc) December 20, 2014
About 100 cops at the corner of Marcy & Tompkins. Praying the cops injured are ok. So surreal. pic.twitter.com/eJNPFTswGa
— Clara Hersh (@ClaraHersh) December 20, 2014
The two officers were rushed to Woodhull Medical Center, but were pronounced dead upon arrival. At least one of the officers was shot in the head.
One witness described the scene:
Carmen Jimenez, 32, a social worker from Bedford-Stuyvesant, was on the subway platform when the gunman ran inside, pursued by officers.
“Everything happened so quick,” said Jimenez, who is eight months pregnant. “We were standing waiting for the G train. We heard arguing from the other end of the platform.
It looked like two cops came in there was lots of yelling and they said, ‘Everybody get down.’
“We tried to get out of there, and there was a lot of shouting, people were screaming, people were trying to run.
“I threw myself on the floor. I was afraid for my life and afraid for my baby.”
Though police have not identified the shooter, the New York Post is reporting the man took to Instagram before shooting the officers, posting photos of the gun with the comment: “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today.”
Police have not confirmed if the suspect is responsible for these posts, though police have said the suspect came from Baltimore, Md., to carry out the attack. We’ll keep you updated with the latest.