An off-duty cop was caught in the crossfire during a shootout near a McDonald's in East New York yesterday afternoon, and Councilmember Charles Barron says enough is enough. "The governor and the mayor need to declare this a state of emergency," Barron said yesterday near the scene of the shooting, which happened around 4 p.m. in the McDonald's parking lot on Pennsylvania Avenue near Linden Boulevard. (We called that McDonald's yesterday afternoon and employees said they hadn't heard any shots fired.)
Dawn Foster, 38, was driving into the parking lot when four shots rang out. Several bullets pierced her car, and she was wounded in her right arm and elbow, the Post reports. But despite her gunshot wounds, she managed to drive away from the scene, and first responders found her a few blocks away. She was taken to Kings Country Hospital, where Police Commissioner Ray Kelly later visited her, and is listed in stable condition.
No arrests have been made. Police sources speculate that Foster was not the intended target, but got caught in the crossfire between two groups of men shooting at each other. "There were shots like firecrackers," witness William Harrell tells the Daily News. "They aren't playing out here." And one unidentified cop tells the Post, "She’s just an off-duty NYPD officer who happened to be driving by the wrong place at the wrong time." That "wrong place," as Barron implied, would be East New York these days.