NYPD officer's bullets injured 2 bystanders during shootout with suspect

December 06, 2018 - 7:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An NYPD officer opened fire on a suspected drug dealer in the Bronx Wednesday night, but the suspect wasn't the only person struck: Two bystanders were also hit by the officer's bullets.

The shooting happened after 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Heights section of the borough.

According to police, a man was running toward them wearing a mask over his face and carrying a backpack (the gun pictured above was found in the backpack). As one of the officers approached the man, he pulled out a firearm and shot at the officer at the corner of West 183 Street and Loring Place.

The suspect was identified Thursday as Edwin Castillo-Concepcion, 37. He was charged with attempted murder.

The officer was identified as Juan Gomez. 

The officer chased Castillo-Concepcion and returned gunfire 27 times, police said. Castillo-Concepcion was shot once in the neck and once in the foot. He was taken into custody as he approached Fordham Road. He was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital, in non-life-threatening condition.

During the shootout, a 45-year-old bystander was struck by a bullet in the stomach. She was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital for treatment and is in stable condition. A 12-year old girl was also struck by bullet fragments in her leg. She was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital for treatment and is also in stable condition.

Bronx drug suspect's backpack: NYPD
Police reviewed video from the scene and say it shows what appears to be, a drug rip-off in the lobby of 98 West 183 Street -- the suspect stole a gun during a drug deal, police said.

The video also shows the suspect firing his gun at the individuals who had the drugs, police said.

His backpack also had a brick of drugs, police said. The gun was also recovered at the scene of the suspect's arrest.

The NYPD said it deployed a drone for the first time to document the crime scene.