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Two plainclothes NYPD officers shot and wounded responding to Bronx robbery, officials say; authorities search for shooter or shooters

Two plainclothes NYPD officers responding to a robbery in progress at a commercial business in the Fordham section of the Bronx Monday night were shot and wounded, the NYPD said.

Police said they were continuing a search early Tuesday for one to two suspects involved in the shooting, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m.

The officers' injuries were nonlife-threatening, police said. Both officers were shot at the corner of East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue, about four blocks south of Fordham University and just over three blocks north of the NYPD's 46th Precinct, where the two officers are assigned, police said.

One officer suffered at least one gunshot wound to the back and the other was hit at least once in the arm, police said.

Both were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx for treatment, officials said. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton were at the hospital early Tuesday morning to visit the wounded officers, according to Phil Walzak, a spokesman for the mayor.

The shooting came two weeks after two NYPD officers were fatally wounded Dec. 20 in Brooklyn. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed as they sat in their police vehicle on a Brooklyn street by a gunman who had expressed anti-police sentiments. The shooter then fled the scene and took his own life.

With Matthew Chayes

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