Police shootout with drug suspect hurts 2 bystanders

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Police say a drug robbery suspect was shot by police during a gun battle Wednesday night in the Bronx that also injured a female bystander and a 12-year-old girl, police said.

Two plainclothes officers patrolling the University Heights neighborhood saw a man with a mask over his face run out of a building clutching a backpack, police said. One of the officers confronts the suspect who pulls out a gun and fires at the officer.

The officer gives chase and exchanges about 20 rounds of gunfire with the suspect, who is struck once in the neck and once in the foot and taken into custody, police said. He is expected to survive.

During the gun battle, the bystander was struck in the stomach and the girl was hit in the leg by bullet fragments. Both were hospitalized in stable condition. The officers were not injured.

A .25-caliber firearm was found the scene, police said. A brick of what appears to be narcotics was also recovered in the suspect's backpack.

Police said video surveillance shows the suspect committing what appears to be a drug rip-off in the lobby of the building on West 183 Street, police said. The video shows the suspect fire his gun at individuals who had the narcotics in the lobby, police said.