Pellet gun fired at police van in Wakefield section of the Bronx

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Carolina Leid reports NYPD traffic cops are now calling for more protection. (WABC)

Authorities say someone fired a pellet gun at an NYPD vehicle in the Bronx Wednesday.

The back window of a police traffic van was shot at around 3:30 p.m. at East 242nd St. and White Plains Road in the Wakefield section.

No one was injured.



A traffic agent and supervisor were inside the vehicle at the time.

Police are not sure where the shots came from.

Latasha Andradas hurried home with her two young boys Wednesday night, refusing to take any chances after the shooting confirmed her growing fears.

"It's ridiculous very sad to say. I want to be safe with my kids out here," she said.

"What happens the next time when that's not a BB gun but that's a real gun, when that bullet does not go through the window but through the body of one of our members," said Robert Casser, president of Local 1182, representing New York City uniform traffic and sanitation enforcement agents.

He says it is a dangerous job that needs better protections.

"For instance if you walk up on a police officer and you push him that's assault. If you do that to a traffic agent that will be harrassment," said Casser. "We need stronger laws for these workers. We need it to say what will happen if you assault or attempt to stop an agent from doing their job. We have laws on the book but they're not strong enough."



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