NYPD officer shot responding to large fight in the Bronx

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SOUTH BRONX — Authorities say a New York City police officer has been shot after exchanging gunfire with a suspect involved in a large gang fight.

Officer Sharrod Stewart was shot Saturday morning. (NYPD)

Officer Sharrod Stewart was shot Saturday morning. (NYPD)

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said 25-year-old Officer Sherrod Stuart was shot in the ankle early Saturday morning.

Stuart was responding to a call in front of 180 Lincoln Ave., in the South Bronx where a "jump-up" party was happening. Bratton said "jump-up" parties take place at unlicensed locations and with between 100 to 200 people.

During the party, a large fight broke out.

Police pursued a 19-year-old who began shooting at the officers, striking Stuart in the right ankle.

The shooting comes a day after a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed by a suspect and shot three times.

Bratton said the suspect, Christopher Rice, 19, is in serious condition at Lincoln Hospital. Hours before the shooting, he was arrested and released for fare beating.

Rice has a criminal history of five prior arrests over the last few years.

Officials said Stuart's injuries are not life-threatening.

Five people who were involved in the fight were hospitalized with stab wounds.