FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG UPDATES NEW YORKERS ON THE SHOOTING OF THREE NYPD OFFICERS IN TWO INCIDENTS
The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered at Lutheran Medical Center this evening:
“Good evening. Tonight – separated by a single hour – three of New York's Finest were injured by gun fire in two different boroughs.
“We are here at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, where we assembled because Police Officer Lukasz Kozicki and Police Officer Michael Levay were shot by a man they were questioning after they saw him illegally moving between subway cars. The man opened fire on the officers – one of whom returned fire, fatally wounding the shooter.
“Tough enforcement of quality of life crimes on the subway – the work that these officers were engaged in – is a big part of how we've made New York the safest big city in the nation, and how we've dramatically cut crime on the subways and across the city.
“The doctors here at Lutheran have given both officers excellent care, and I’m relieved to report that both are in stable condition. Commissioner Kelly and I just met with officers and their families.
“And earlier tonight, we both visited Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, because Police Officer Juan Pichardo was also shot responding to a crime. Police Officer Pichardo was off-duty in his family’s car dealership during an attempted robbery.
“During a struggle, a suspect shot Officer Pichardo, who was unarmed and shot in the leg. I’m relieved to report that the officer is also in stable condition, and he even had the presence of mind to apprehend one of the perps. The other suspects were later apprehended.
“In recent weeks, we've heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot – and sometimes, they are killed.
“Tonight, thank God, three good guys – three New York City police officers, who acted heroically – are going to make it. But we owe it to the good guys to do whatever we can to protect them – just as they do whatever they can to protect us. Instead, Washington is letting the bad guys shoot our police officers, our children, our neighbors – and it just has to stop.
“Tonight, we’re just grateful that these three officers will be going home to their families.
“Commissioner Kelly will describe in more detail what happened. Ray?”
Marc La Vorgna/John J. McCarthy (212) 788-2958
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