A police officer with a new born daughter was shot in the head in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn Tuesday night by a known criminal by the name of Baby.
Officer Kevin Brennan was critically injured in a shooting that occurred Tuesday night in the Bushwick Houses. The alleged gunman, Lewis Baby Ortiz and several others associated with the incident are in police custody. Officer Brennan was taken to Bellevue Hospital and, although shot in the head, the 29-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, reported ABC.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the doctors removed a bullet from the right base of the officer's skull.
Just six weeks ago, he and his wife Janet welcomed a beautiful baby girl...into the world, Bloomberg said, according to ABC. And thankfully tonight, I think there's no reason to think that her daddy won't be there to see her crawl for the first time and, in good time, dance at her wedding.
Officials said the shooting occurred on 370 Bushwick Ave, near Moore Street, just after 9 p.m. Officer Brennan, a decorated police officer from Long Island, and his partners, Officers Michael Burbridge and Christopher Mastoros, responded to a call of shots fired, reported DNAInfo.com.
When the trio arrived, they saw three men running out of a building. One of them was Luis Baby Ortiz, 21. Authorities said that Ortiz may have been previously arrested by one of the officers. Officer Brennan chased after Ortiz back into the building, with his partners behind him. However, the door reportedly jammed and Officers Burbridge and Mastoros were unable to accompany Brennan into the Bushwick Houses.
Ortiz fired a single shot at the lone officer, striking him in the head. Brennan returned fire, but missed. Officials believe that Ortiz fired first.
It's a miracle, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, reported DNAInfo.com. He's very, very lucky. Very lucky.
The NYPD's Emergency Service Unit was called in to track down Ortiz and his co-conspirators. They knocked on doors and pounded the pavement well into the night. Hundreds of officers, police dogs and helicopters scoured the neighborhood looking for the suspect.
Ortiz was found sitting on a bed in his uncle's apartment. Police recovered the weapon, a revolver with a black wooden handle found, reported the Daily News.
He has been arrested over 20 times, mostly for drug related charges, police said. Neighborhood residents know all too well, the trouble Ortiz has gotten into.
He's a bad dude. Everyone knows him around here , said a 52-year-old Bushwick Houses resident, reported the Daily News.
Mayor Bloomberg said Officer Brennan was blessed for surviving the incident.
He understands he was hit - he said he was in a lot of pain, said Bloomberg. God in this case was kind. It could have turned out an awful lot worse.