An NYPD officer accidentally shot the elderly father of a suspected drug dealer during a raid on his home in Soundview early Saturday morning. The injured man, 76-year-old Jose Colon, was shot in the stomach after Detrective Andrew McCormack mistakenly fired his gun; he's in stable condition and expected to survive. His son, Alberto Colon, is in police custody for drug possession.
The Times takes a look at the family of McCormack, the officer in the incident, whose police officer father was killed in the line of duty during a standoff with a mentally disturbed man in Pelham Bay back in 1983.
A 16-year-old Bronx girl who was shot in the head last year during a gang shootout on her way to school says she feels a connection to Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a similar injury. Today, Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference at City Hall with dozens of gun violence victims to push for background checks for gun purchases.
The Arizona shooting has also sparked a local response, as Borough President Diaz and Bronx residents who've witnessed gun violence firsthand say that weapon laws need to be stricter.
A man who is already serving a prison sentence for an unrelated crime has been charged with the 1993 slaying of a young Bronx mother. The victim's 4-year-old daughter had identified the man, DeJohn Hoffman, as her mother's killer at the time of her disappearance.
Recognize these burglars? Police released this video that captured two bandits during a robbery of a Hunts Point apartment building, in hopes of catching the suspects.