Three injured in police involved shootout

August 29, 2008 2:28:59 PM PDT
A mother of six innocently herding her children into an apartment building was shot, along with two teens, when gunfire erupted in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn this morning, according to police. 43-year-old Sophia Gonzalez was shot twice in the upper chest in front of 177 Moffat Street at around 12:15 a.m. Gonzalez, a mother of six, was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital in serious condition.

Authorities said she appeared to be an innocent victim of a street dispute that erupted in gunfire.

She "was helping her kids get inside the building," one witness said.

The apparent intended target of the bullets, 16-year-old Otis Knight, was shot in the leg at the nearby intersection of Moffat Street and Wilson Avenue.

He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Two uniformed police officers, responding to the hail of bullets, observed 19-year-old Darryl Jones attempting to flee into an apartment building at 663 Central Avenue.

The officers ordered him to drop his gun and he refused.

Police say, the armed 19-year-old began firing at the officers, and one or both of the officers returned fire.

Jones was shot once in the right torso. He was taken to Brookdale University Hospital in stable condition.

Charges against him are pending.

His .9 mm weapon was recovered at the scene. An initial police search did not turn up any other weapons.

Jones fired at least 27 times. One described the shooting as "the Wild West" according to police.

Jones has four prior arrests, two for robbery, one for criminal trespass, and one last month for resisting arrest.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter N.J. Burkett

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