Update: The shooter has been identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a man who is alleged to have shot and wounded his girlfriend in Baltimore yesterday prior to attacking the NYPD officers. The New York Times reports that the two officers shot have been identified as Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Brinsley has been arrested multiple times in Georgia for charges including robbery and carrying a concealed gun. The Times also reports that Brinsley made a series of posts on social media that suggest the assault on the officers was a pre-mediated attack stemming from anger about the situations involving the death of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke at Woodhull Hospital last night calling the situation an assassination.
"They were, quite simply, assassinated," Bratton said. "Targeted for the uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe."
Additionally, Patrick Lynch—the head of the The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York—reportedly addressed a group of officers outside of Woodhull that evening, blaming mayor Bill de Blasio for the attack.
"There is blood on many hands, from those that incited violence under the guise of protest to try to tear down what police officers do every day," Lynch said. "That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor. We’ll mourn for our city and we’ll mourn for our brothers. We’ll straighten our shoulders, we’ll stiffen our backs and we’ll wipe our tears. When those funerals are over, we’ll raise our heads and those who allowed this to happen will be held accountable."
The officers also turned their backs on the mayor earlier in the evening when he entered the hospital.
Original story below.
According to the social media accounts of the NYPD and others, two officers were shot near Tompkins and Myrtle Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn this afternoon.
The New York Times reports that both of the officers were killed, and Deputy Chief Kim Royster said it appeared they were shot in the upper body.
Other media outlets have yet to confirm that both officers and the shooter are dead—some are reporting that one of the officers is at in critical condition.
Chief Royster also told the Times that after the suspect fired in an ambush attack, he ran up Myrtle Avenue toward the Myrtle-Willoughby subway station, before dying of a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. The suspect fired from the passenger side of the patrol car and the police recovered the gun at the scene.
The 911 call reporting the shooting came around 2:50 p.m. on Saturday.
This is a developing story and will be updated.