Two auxiliary officers killed in Village shootout
(New York - WABC, March 14, 2007) (WABC) -- Authorities tell Eyewitness News that a second auxiliary police officer has died after a wild shootout Wednesday night in Greenwich Village.
Police confirmed the first auxiliary officer's death just after 11 p.m. The second officer's death was confirmed just before midnight. Both officers were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where Mayor Bloomberg arrived along with a heavy police presence.
Eyewitness News' Jim Dolan reports that the shooting started at DeMarco's Pizza at 208 Sullivan Street around 9:30 p.m. We have learned that an employee was shot six times inside DeMarco's. Witnesses say that employee is dead.
In addition, a suspect, who police say started it all, was killed. He was found with a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun and a spare ammo clip, police say.
It was a wild scene earlier in the night. Keep in mind that Bleeker Street has a lot of bars and a lot of people out enjoying the first nice weather of spring -- and then suddenly a lot of shots, at least two separate semiautomatic handguns and people ran screaming to get away from the gunfire.
One bar owner heard the gunfire just down the street from his bar.
"They're shooting outside ... I just couldn't believe it ... I came to the window ... I heard 15-18 shots ... like an automatic, that's what it sound like," the bar owner said.
There are a lot of unanswered questions and police are not giving out a lot of information.
Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest on this story.
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