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Masked gunman shot by police, 2 bystanders hurt in the Bronx, NYPD says

The suspect had just ripped off a group of suspected drug dealers, police said.

Police officers shot a man who fired at

Police officers shot a man who fired at them in the Bronx Wednesday evening, the NYPD said. A photo of the suspect's gun, above, was released by police. Photo Credit: NYPD

Two bystanders, including a 12-year-old girl, were injured in the crossfire between police and a masked gunman, who was shot by officers, Wednesday night in the Bronx, the NYPD said. 

The suspect fired at plainclothes officers at the corner of West 183rd Street and Loring Place in University Heights just after 6 p.m., Chief Terence Monahan said. He had just ripped off and shot at a group of suspected drug dealers in the lobby of a building on West 183rd Street and was carrying a backpack with drugs inside, Monahan said.

The officers returned fire and began chasing the suspect, who was not immediately identified. The suspect was shot once in the neck and once in the foot and taken into custody at Fordham Road and Loring Place. He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and was expected to survive, Monahan said.

No officers were injured in the shooting. 

A 46-year-old woman was shot in the stomach and a 12-year-old girl was struck by bullet fragments in her leg. Both were taken to area hospitals and were in stable condition, cops said. It was not immediately if the bullets that hit the bystanders came from the suspect or the officers.

Police recovered a gun and the man's backpack, which appeared to contain a brick of drugs, at the scene, Monahan said. 

The suspect was expected to face charges. The investigation was ongoing.

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