We’re piecing together the details of an incident involving a gun that unfolded near Guernsey Street and Norman Avenue earlier today.
The police-scanner scanners over at @Breaking911 and @NYScanner tweeted that a man was shot in the area, as did another scanner service. But the police say there was no shooting; rather, a 32-year-old man was assaulted with a gun shortly before 2:43 p.m. A suspect was taken into custody but no charges had been filed yet, the police told B+B.
Chris Surowiec, a neighbor who checked out the crime scene, tweeted that the incident was “not a shooting. Robbery and pistol whipping. Suspect caught,” though another neighbor tweeted “lady standing outside said she heard a gunshot.” Charlotte Cooper, who told B+B she got the news from a friend, tweeted, “Well, someone just got pistol whipped on Norman ave in Greenpoint. In the middle of the day. On a Sunday. This is not good.”
If you saw what went down, e-mail us.
Update: An officer at the 94th Precinct gave Greenpointers a play-by-play of the incident, which started when the suspect asked for change for a dollar: “As the man went into his pocket for change the robber beat him with a gun and went through his pockets. He then ran off.”