CANARSIE, Brooklyn — Police shot a man in the neck, critically injuring him, at a Canarsie Dollar Tree on Tuesday evening, NYPD officials said.
Officers responded around 4:45 p.m. after a report of a man wanted in connection with a Sunday robbery inside the store near East 96th Street and Schneck Street, police said. When they got there, the suspect was in the vestibule.
He fought with the officers, then pulled out a gun and fired, police said. One of the officers, a 16-year veteran with the NYPD, returned fire, striking the man in the neck.
They called for an ambulance and rendered first aid to the 45-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Both officers were also taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Their body cameras were activated and video was being reviewed on Tuesday night.
A gun was recovered at the scene.
Before the officers arrived, the man allegedly went to the register at the store to buy something, police said. When the cashier opened the register, the man allegedly pulled out a gun and took cash.
In the Sunday incident, he allegedly took cash from the register without pulling out a gun.
The NYPD asked people to avoid the area because of police activity.
Video from the scene shows a large police presence and a person on a stretcher by the Dollar Tree and an Urgent Care.
People were advised to expect emergency vehicles and delays in the area.
The FDNY received a call about the shooting around 5 p.m.
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