A large police response has turned out for what initial reports indicate is a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered by a retired NYPD officer at East 17th Street and Avenue Y.

Scanner reports indicate that the unidentified officer mistakenly shot himself herself in the leg. EMS has removed the victim from the scene and the Emergency Services Unit is now set up in the Petco parking lot on East 17th Street and Avenue Y. The 61st Precinct commander Captain John Chell is also on scene with community affairs, and police units from the 60th Precinct are also present.

We have no additional information at this time about the extent of the officer’s injury.

UPDATE (2:10 p.m.): The officer has been transported to Lutheran Hospital for treatment.

UPDATE (2:32 p.m.): The incident occurred shortly after 1:00 p.m. in the Petco parking lot, and two vehicles (seen above) are taped off in connection to the shooting. There is a small pool of blood near the rear driver’s side wheel of the white Volkswagon.

The victim is female, and expected to survive. The victim’s status as a police officer or retired police officer has not yet been confirmed.

Detectives are on the scene, investigating the circumstances around the firearm’s discharge. Officers are telling Petco customers to return in about an hour, when the store will reopen.

Emergency Services left the scene, and it appears the incident is wrapping up. NYPD’s press office does not yet have information about the incident.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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  • a good neighbor

    you never know who got a pistol in the bay. :)

  • vintagejames

    You really should learn about how a gun works before carrying one. Obviously, she didn’t.

  • Jim Beam

    you really should learn not to make stupid comments when you do not know what happened or how.

  • Chino Guapo

    Plaxico

  • Local Broker

    updates?

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      None. It doesn’t appear to be foul play. A witness said it seems the gun “suddenly” went off and struck her leg.

      • Local Broker

        “Suddenly” that explains it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dan.macbride.9 Dan MacBride

          From firsthand expirience “her” explains it more than “suddenly” does.

          • Local Broker

            I was being sarcastic.

  • nyckat

    I do know guns do not just randomly “go off”. My question is why is a RETIRED police officer walking around with a gun in NYC when the general population can not??

    • Local Broker

      The billion dollar question. Obviously they are trained to handle firearms better than us little people. I have probably put more rounds down range this year than 99% of the NYPD.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dan.macbride.9 Dan MacBride

        THAT would not surprise me. Twice I had some knucklehead put a round on MY target during qualification.

        • Local Broker

          From what you know how often do cops actually go to the range to practice? How often do they need to qualify and what do they need to do during?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.macbride.9 Dan MacBride

      99.99999999999% of NYPD officers who retire are issued a permit to carry when they retire.