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Person wounded in Washington Heights; shots possibly fired at police: NYPD

Posted: 11:13 AM, Mar 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-05 19:13:48-05
Scene after a person was injured in a shooting in Washington Heights

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — A person was shot in the face when gunfire erupted in Upper Manhattan Thursday morning, according to police.

Authorities said shots were fired around 10:45 a.m. on West 163rd Street, between Amsterdam and Edgecombe avenues.

Someone threw rocks at an apartment window and a person inside the apartment responded with gunfire, officials said.

People outside, including area resident Manuel Gonzalez, took cover.

"The police started screaming 'everybody hide," Gonzalez said.

The person injured was a civilian and rushed to Harlem Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Several people were taken into custody.

According to the NYPD, shots may have been fired at police officers.

The building where this all started is a place for people transitioning out of homeless shelters.

Streets in the area were closed for hours.

Police said the incident is under investigation.