A 47 year old female New York corrections officer opened fire on her 44 year old ex-boyfriend outside a prison in Queens on Monday. According to an eyewitness account, the former couple was arguing outside the Queensboro Correctional Facility on Van Dam Street when she shot at him early Monday morning.
She was reportedly in uniform while her ex was not.
The hail of bullets sent her ex, who is also believed to be a corrections officer, running into the Long Island City complex for cover, according to the . Fortunately, none of the bullets hit him and he is not believed to have suffered any injuries.
The woman reportedly left the scene after the first shooting, then returned to unleash multiple shots at her former partner’s vehicle.
The woman – who has not yet been identified – then pointed the gun at herself and shot herself in the chest.
She was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where she later died.
An eyewitness, Rafael Macias, said:
“I saw a female corrections officer shooting at a guy. I was making a left turn and the bullet hit the passenger’s’ side door. I heard six shots in total.”
Another eyewitness, Darison Abreu said:
“She was flying down the block.” and said the shooter appeared to be silent and calm during the chaos. “She wasn’t saying anything. She had a determined look on her face,” said Abreu.
“They weren’t too far apart, maybe 30 feet. He was running straight. I had my arm on the door when the bullet hit it. I felt the vibration in my arm.”
Describing the moment he ran towards her immediately after the guard shot herself, Abreu said:
“She was on her back, face up. Her eyes were a little more than half open.
“She wasn’t saying anything. She was breathing, though. I was trying to see where exactly she was shot, but the other Corrections officers were pushing me back.”
Source: New York Daily News