An African American gunman with an apparent grudge killed two New York police officers in a cold-blooded attack after weeks of outrage over police killings of unarmed black men.
Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu was sitting at their patrol car when the gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and took a shooting stance, witnesses told police. He opened fire several times, striking both officers in the head.
They were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” a New York Police Commissioner told reporters. “They were quite simply, assassinated.”
The gunman was found dead in a nearby subway station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
So far, police have not commented on the motive for the Brooklyn shootings, except to say the officers were not engaging the shooter in any way when they were shot.