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That New York Police Department (NYPD) said its detectives arrested three men who opened fire at a party in Queens late Friday night.
In a media briefing, NYPD Patrol Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said that at about 11:35 PM ET members of the violent crime ring were in the area of 219th Street and 130th Avenue in Springfield Gardens, Queens.
The detectives observed a party in the area, including approximately 75 to 100 attendees.
“And they observed this feast because they thought there was a potential for violence involving some of the local street teams,” he explained.
The plainclothes detectives were in an unmarked car when a group of unknown men entered the same intersection and pulled out at least three firearms.
They fired the guns into the vicinity of the party, and the detectives—realizing the danger was imminent—abandoned their vehicle.
“Our detectives exchanged gunfire with the group of males and our detectives were able to apprehend three of the males,” Maddrey said.
All three men suffered gunshot wounds.
One of the shooters was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, and the other two went to hospitals with them non-life threatening injuries.
Two of the men were known to the department with “prior criminal encounters.”
None of the NYPD detectives were injured, but were taken to a local hospital to be checked for tinnitus and other ailments.
Three firearms were recovered from the scene.
Maddrey told reporters that whether any of the recovered guns are “ghost guns” is “still being determined.”
It is also unknown whether any civilians were hit in the incident.
“At this point we don’t know and it’s still an ongoing investigation,” he said.