2008-09-11 / Other News

Police Converge On East 79th Street After Report Of Gun Shots

By Neil S. Friedman

Officers from NYPD's elite Tactical Unit  in protective gear prepare for possible confrontation with gunman.                                         Photos by Neil S. FriedmanOfficers from NYPD's elite Tactical Unit in protective gear prepare for possible confrontation with gunman. Photos by Neil S. Friedman 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.

(Boxed above) Negotiators stand in doorway of house where suspected gunman was thought to be holding a hostage.(Boxed above) Negotiators stand in doorway of house where suspected gunman was thought to be holding a hostage. Meanwhile hostage negotiators and police surrounded the front of the house trying to determine who was inside. Officers were also posed in the back of the house, which leads to a community drive.

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.

Police are posted in community drive at rear of E. 79th Street house. Police are posted in community drive at rear of E. 79th Street house.

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