NEWARK, N.J. — The three Linden officers injured during a shootout with Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami have been identified and are expected to make full recoveries, with one still in the hospital as of Tuesday morning, according to the local mayor.
Angel Padilla, Peter Hammer and Mark Kahana were transported to Rahway Hospital following the Monday morning shootout.
Officials say Padilla was shot in the vest and transported to Rahway Hospital. He was released Monday night, according to Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.
Officer Kahana was taken to University Hospital for high blood pressure.
And Officer Hammer was also taken there — he was hit in the eyes with shrapnel as he approached the scene in Linden to back up his fellow officers. He was held overnight for observation, Armstead said.
The shootout with police happened in Linden just after a business owner spotted somebody who looked a lot like the man wanted in connection to the bombings in New York and New Jersey.
Shot more than once — suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was rushed from Linden to Newark, prompting a lockdown of University Hospital.
“As I got near to walk in the emergency I saw all the workers outside,” one patient said. “I said ‘oh god is this a lockdown or something?’ They said yeah.”
No one was allowed in or out. Police were standing at every door. Even nurses and other hospital staff lined the sidewalks at one point. While the fire arms sounded for several hours. Visitors were escorted out. As loved ones of the officers hurt were notified about their injuries.
“I hope the officers will be OK,” another patient said. “And the first responders who put themselves on the line for us all the time. We just got to be vigilant and we just got to keep living. They a’int going to do that over here and stop us – especially not New York and New Jersey.”
As the shooting took place, Gov. Chris Christie spoke at an event in Whippany, New Jersey.
“Whoever was the perpetrator of these attacks in the last 48 hours – we need to stand up as people and say you’re failing,” Christie said. “Cause you’re not going to intimidate us.”
It’s unclear when the officers will be released or if Rahami will be transported and detained.
A source tells PIX11 Rahami was taken into surgery Monday afternoon and it doesn’t appear he will leave soon.