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Assassination attempt in New York: Officers shot, manhunt underway

New York City police officers work the scene of a police-involved shooting outside the 41st precinct on Feb. 9, 2020.

A New York City police lieutenant was shot Sunday in a Bronx precinct headquarters, less than 12 hours after another officer was shot in a marked police van in attacks authorities described as assassination attempts.

The lieutenant was in stable condition, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The officer shot Saturday night was expected to be released from a hospital sometime Sunday.

A suspect was taken into custody after the second shooting, although it was not clear if the attacks were related. De Blasio cited “despicable hatred,” saying the attacks were an attempt to divide the city and undermine safety.

“This vicious assassination attempt is the second one we’ve seen in 24 hours,” de Blasio said. “An attack on our NYPD officers is an attack on ALL New Yorkers. …We cannot and will not let that happen.”

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, speaking after the first shooting, said two officers were in a marked van with its lights flashing at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when the incident began. Shea said the police van was parked in an area that had been the scene of recent shootings and drug activity.

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