NYPD Detective Kevin Herlihy was shot in the left arm at about 4:15 this afternoon while tracking a shooting suspect in Harlem. Detective Herlihy is in stable condition at New York Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to return home tomorrow. This evening, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a briefing at the hospital where he gave an update on Detective Herlihy’s condition and called on Congress to do more to enforce gun laws.
Mayor Bloomberg, who said he had just visited Detective Herlihy in his hospital room, reminded the reporters at the briefing that this was the city’s third police shooting in the past two months.
“The three shooters have at least one thing in common and that is that they possessed their guns illegally, and that is true for nearly every shooting that occurs in our city,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “As long as federal laws allow guns to flow onto our streets, criminals will be able to get them and police officers will be in danger.”
Mayor Bloomberg, who turned seventy-years-old today, identified two things he wants for his birthday.
“My one birthday wish, beyond a full recovery for Detective Herlihy, would be for every member of Congress to join me here today and look into the eyes of Detective Herlihy and his wife Adrienne and explain why Washington isn’t doing more to prevent shootings like this from happening.” Read More