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An off-duty police officer allegedly shot two people in New York City on Friday night.
NBC New York reports that Victor Zambrano, a member of the New York State Bureau of Narcotics, drunkenly opened fire on an Upper West Side street. Though NBC New York says Zambrano did not know the victims— 42-year-old Sydney Bernard-Whitehead and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Nichola Davidson— the New York Daily News referred to them as his "pals."
The Daily News also described the events which led to the shooting:
The three pals had been drinking together and were walking on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 82nd St. when the woman asked the New York State Bureau of Narcotics enforcement agent for his pistol, a police source said.
Zambrano handed it over, but quickly demanded it back, cop sources said. As the argument became increasingly heated, the agent fired a round. The bullet ricocheted off the concrete and hit both the woman and her boyfriend.
Despite sustaining a wound to his ankle, the man chased after Zambrano, who the Daily News says turned around and opened fire again, sending a live round onto the pavement. The 49-year-old was eventually surrounded by police, yet still refused to drop his weapon.
Zambrano was eventually subdued and charged with reckless endangerment, assault, and resisting arrest. His neighbor told the New York Post that he had been drinking excessively all week. "He’s been drinking every day," one neighbor said.
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