Shots fired after suspect steals car in Bay Ridge with 2 people inside

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Monday, April 24, 2023
Shots fired after suspect steals car in Bay Ridge with 2 people inside
Janice Yu reports on the carjacking from Brooklyn.

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are searching for a suspect who tried to steal a car with two people inside in Brooklyn.

Officials say the suspect walked up to a black Toyota Camry in a residential area on Bay Ridge Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The suspect allegedly showed a gun to the two men inside the car and told them to drive, authorities said.

The person behind the wheel drove the car a couple of blocks and eventually stopped at Bay Ridge and 10th avenues.

Officials say some kind of fight began that spilled into the street and escalated into a shooting.

It is unclear who fired shots, but investigators found one shell casing at the scene, officials said.

Police say the suspect jumped back into the Camry and drove off. The stolen car has Pennsylvania plates.

Sebastian Fernandez says he came outside of his home to see what was going on after a family member heard what sounded like firecrackers.

"There's little accidents here and there because this is a busy intersection.. but firecrackers and gunshots.. nah," Fernandez said.

Officials say no one was hurt but Fernandez said it's scary to think what could have happened.

"Everyone's just got to be safe... you just never know nowadays," Fernandez said.

Officials ask anyone with information to call police.

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