Police Continue to Hunt for Gunman Wanted in Decatur Avenue Shooting

Police Continue to Hunt for Gunman Wanted in Decatur Avenue Shooting
by David Greene

Detectives continue to hunt for the man who left a 36 year-old woman in serious condition after a domestic dispute led to gunfire in Norwood.

Paramedics work on the victim in an ambulance after a shooting on Decatur Avenue.–Photo by David Greene

Police were called to the third-floor apartment at 3050 Decatur Avenue in Norwood, at 11:09 a.m., on Sunday, February 18, when they discovered the wounded woman.

One police official stated, “The job came over as a domestic dispute. We got over there and she was shot in the right shoulder, the torso and right hand.” The unidentified victim was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital.

The suspect, who’s identity is believed to be known to the victim and now police, reportedly fled south on Decatur Avenue, towards Mosholu Parkway North. He was described as a bald-headed black male, 5′ 7” and wearing an all grey uniform.

One resident reported hearing a loud “bang” thinking it was a door that had slammed, moments before police arrived.

Responding officers stopped a possible suspect at Webster Avenue near Botanical Square, that man was briefly questioned and released. Police officials say there had been no arrests by the following morning.

Gun Hill Road resident Hector was just walking by as police arrived, he recalled, “I saw the victim and the EMT’s brought her out… she did not appear to be moving at all. It’s sad to see things like this.”

Hector added, “Her hands were up over her head and she was not moving at all and there appeared to be blood on her hands.”

Police and paramedics shutdown Decatur Avenue after a 36 year-old woman was shot three times on Sunday.–Photo by David Greene

The shooting took place a block-and-a-half from the 52nd Precinct on Webster Avenue.

The shooting came one day after 52nd Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo posted three photos of weapons recovered by the precinct’s anti-crime unit.

The Bronx District Attorney’s office is currently investigating claims that officer’s at that command were tricking suspects into revealing where an illegal gun was, stating they would not be charged. The alleged practice caused a spike in gun confiscations and arrests.

Calls to the main switchboard at the 52nd Precinct the following Monday morning were answered by a voice mail, telling callers, “Thank-you for calling the New York City Police Department, the party you are trying to reach is unavailable at this time, please call again at a later time, good-bye.”

According to NYPD crime statistics, the 52nd Precinct has not had any murders in 2018, when the precinct already had one killing this time last year. However, there have been six reported rapes, compared with just 3 last year and there have been 4 reported shooting victims compared to just one at this time last year.

Residents look out their windows as police investigating the shooting of a woman in an apartment.–Photo by David Greene

As of March 5, police report there have been no arrests in the case.

Anyone with any information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS, all calls remain confidential.

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