3 arrested after man shot 6 times in Gramercy Park: NYPD

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GRAMERCY PARK, Manhattan — Three people were arrested Sunday after a man was shot six times in the Gramercy Park area early Sunday morning.

Several plainclothes NYPD officers were on patrol on West 22nd Street about 1 a.m. when they heard gunshots behind them, Capt. Stephen Spataro, executive officer from the Midtown South precinct said.

The officers turned around and found a man running toward a black Mercedes sedan that was double-parked. The man was running from the direction in which the gunshots were heard.

The man then got into the Mercedes and sped off, driving past the officers. They turned on their emergency lights and sirens and followed the car east on 22nd Street, police said.

Police recovered this gun from the Mercedes after they spotted it in plain sight upon the car crashing into the 13th Precinct Anti-Crime car on 19th Street. (NYPD)

Police recovered this gun from the Mercedes after they spotted it in plain sight after the car crashed into the 13th Precinct Anti-Crime car on 19th Street and they performed a search. (NYPD)

The Mercedes kept on and drove through a red light before turning right onto Park Avenue South , Spataro said. Officers requested backup as they continued to follow the car on Park Avenue South.

The driver then turned right onto 19th Street where it collided with an Anti-Crime car, Spataro said.

Officers cornered the Mercedes and the three men, who have been identified as Ramel Harkless, Joseph Saunders and Barry Wiles, were removed from the car and taken into custody.

Police recovered a semi-automatic gun from the sedan.

Harkless, 38, has been charged with first degree assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.

Saunders, 43, has been charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Wiles, 46, has been charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Officers later determined that a man had been shot six times on West 22nd Street before the chase began. The man was struck in his torso, leg and groin and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for surgery.

He is in critical but stable condition, according to police.