N.Y. man shoots at cops, eludes search
By T.W. Farnam
Police spent several hours searching a public housing project yesterday afternoon for a man they said fired on narcotics officers and may have been shot in the arm himself.
"I saw the bad guy come outside with the pistol from the lobby," said a man who gave his name as Alon, a mover who heard four shots while working across from the building on the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Maujer Street. "The guy looks in my face like maybe I'm a cop, too."
The suspect came out of the lobby stumbling and waited a few seconds with his gun drawn before running into the lobby of an attached building, Alon said. A police officer came out seconds later and asked bystanders where the man had fled.
"The cop looks at me and said, 'Which way did he go?'" Alon said. "I told the cops don't go in [the lobby], he will shoot you right there."
Police spent three hours searching the housing complex for the man, but said he may have escaped through a series of tunnels under the building.
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