Police Converge On East 79th Street After Report Of Gun Shots
Scores of police were dispatched to East 79th Street on September 3rd following a report of gunshots to 911. Shortly after 5 p.m., and for several hours into the evening, officers from the 69th and 63rd precincts, as well as dozens of police from Tactical Action Response units (TARU) and the NYPD's Hostage Negotiating team, were posted on the tree-lined residential street, between Flatlands Avenue and Ave-nue J, as a police helicopter hovered over the area.
Rumors among area residents and onlookers, a safe distance away, were that a gunman had fired several shots in the backyard of 929 East 79th Street and was hiding in the street level house, possibly with a hostage. Police began to arrive and quickly cordoned off the block to keep the public out of harm's way in case the situation in-tensified.
In the aftermath, police officials said the incident began as a landlord/tenant dispute that escalated when the tenant allegedly shot the land-lord's pet dog and fled. However, police initially believed the gunman was holed up in the house, possibly with hostages, so they secured the block and eventually escorted a couple from the house next door to safety.
After several hours, police entered the house and realized the gunman had fled.
As of Tuesday, police said the gunman's whereabouts were still un-known and was being sought for ques-tioning.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.