VIDEO: Bystander Cheers On Gunman Shooting Cop, 'Shoot More Of Them'

New York Police Officer Justin Vartanian was wounded during a shootout with Trinitarios gang member Luis Leizado.

Manhattan, NY – Cell phone video showed a bystander encouraging a Trinitarios gang member to keep shooting at New York police officers on Thursday during a gun battle that had already left one officer wounded (video below).

“F--k ‘em! Shoot the cops!” the belligerent man yelled in the video, as the officers ordered the suspect to put down his weapon. “Don’t give up! Shoot all them n---as!”

The incident began just before 4:30 p.m. on April 18 after officers received reports of gunfire in the area of Wadsworth Avenue and 187th Street, WCBS reported.

New York Police Officer Justin Vartanian, 34, was one of multiple officers who rushed to the area on foot, according to Newsday.

The plainclothes officer spotted a man holding a weapon, and chased him to a parking lot on Broadway.

The gunman, later identified as 42-year-old Trinitarios gang member Luis Leizado, ducked down behind a parked vehicle, and opened fire on the pursuing officer.

"The suspect then fired three rounds at the police officer, who was struck in the right armpit," New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said during a press conference. "The wounded officer fires back one time."

Another New York Police Department (NYPD) officer drove his unmarked car into the lot as the shootout was underway and was nearly hit by one of Leizado’s rounds.

The bullet sailed past him and impacted the windshield of the unmarked unit.

The second officer fired three rounds, and struck the gunman in the chest.

A bystander’s cell phone video showed additional officers as they arrived at the scene, while the bystander egged the gunman on from across the street, the New York Post reported.

“Nah, don’t give up – shoot more of them f--kers!” the man shouted. “Shoot n---a! Shoot them cops!”

At one point in the video, the man announced that he hoped the officers wouldn’t survive the encounter.

“I hope y’all die!” he yelled at the officers, just before he ordered the gunman to “Shoot back!”

Using a loudspeaker, police ordered Leizado to put down his weapon and to come out with his hands raised.

“Nah, don’t drop it,” the bystander countered. “Shoot them n---as.”

According to the New York Post, police later shared the video to social media “to let everyone know what a piece of s--t -sshole this guy is.”

“Let’s make this outstanding piece of s--t famous,” one post read, according to the paper.

Leizado, a convicted felon who served time for assault and attempted drug and weapons possession offenses, died of his gunshot wounds, the New York Daily News reported.

Police recovered his weapon at the scene, according to WCBS.

Officer Vartanian, a five-and-one-half-year veteran of the NYPD, was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his armpit.

The next day, he walked out of the hospital, hand-in-hand with his wife, while his fellow officers cheered and bagpipes played.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

“Today we saw a bad situation turn great, where this police officer walked out hand in hand with his wife, with his mother in tears behind them – tears of joy, because they get to go home today, because that doesn’t always happen,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said.

“These police officers, they all stand out here — we cheer, we clap, we hoot, we holler,” Lynch explained during the celebration outside the hospital, according to the New York Daily News. “We do that for a reason: to show him, we love ya. We understand what you’re about, and show his family, we know you worry when he goes to work — but we got him.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the dozens of officers who charged towards the sound of gunfire during the shootout, Newsday reported.

“[They] did everything right,” de Blasio said. “This was a fast, intense episode. Thank God it came out the way it did.”

You can watch footage of the bystander’s antics in the video below. WARNING - Graphic content and language.

Comments (53)
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LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Wooohoooooo! I thought the POS lived but thank god that is NOT the case! POS pushing up daisies!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Rot in hell for allowing these bastards continue to keep running your streets Scmuck Schumer and De blabio. You and your good for nothing liberals treat your cockroaches and illegal aliens better than the blue line. Praying for all of those serving in NYS and for those who have to deal with the scum liberals

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Well, it's a start.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

I wonder who big mouth homeboy's buddy was that video-ed his dumbass hollering shoot the f*cking cops then threw big mouth under the bus with this video?

Skycop
Skycop

One can only pray karma hits this big mouth full force. POS.

Annies Mom
Annies Mom

Should have put a few rounds in the big mouth POS, accidentally of course.

MikeInVa
MikeInVa

Probably had cop-hating DeBlasio cheering the gang member on.

Jsmoe
Jsmoe

Look another government leech who needs handouts to survive inciting violence. He’s just upset because he’s a thug.

Memphis6
Memphis6

Fuck that piece of shit. Just another fucktard that is to dumb to understand police aren't the problem its the mischaracterization by libral media and Democrats feed the uneducated public so they will believe they're always the victim.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Frankly i'm sick and tired of hearing Deblasio's name. He was never there when the guys and gals really needed him. He was and is a left over Obama tool.

I think the antagonist in the background, if ever caught, should be tried as an accomplice to attempted murder of a policeman.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Notice the police were the ones smart enough to seek cover while the illegals stood in the line of fire with their cell phones.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Just digusting the hatred they have for the Police, until they need one!!!

DarrellB
DarrellB

DeBlasio's/Schumer's/Dem's/Leftist's New York... Right there in your face.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

When, in this country, did the compassion for the health and safety of another human being end? We are talking about human beings, who are no different than the idiot yelling at the gunman to shoot more cops. The only real difference is the fact that they wear a uniform and took an oath to protect and serve.

Where is the empathy, sympathy or compassion? Do our liberal teachers or parents fail to instill that in our youth? I always taught my children, who are grown now, to respect everyone especially our first responders. The men and women who do that job are on the front line protecting us; saving us, everyday. It sickens me to see such animosity to toward them. They should be heralded as hero's, just like our soldiers. Instead they are treated as trash and it's wrong. Very Wrong!!!

Hannibal
Hannibal

Criminals yelling to their fellow oxygen thieves. Nothing new to see here. Move along.

Marxest
Marxest

The NYPD is one of the most efficient and professional law enforcement organizations in the United States, probably in the world. There are some bad officers in the department and some shady policies, but the department serves the greater good for EVERYONE within its precincts . That day, those officers did a great job protecting life and enforcing the law. I wish Officer Vartanian a speedy recovery. I know you will all disagree with me but I extend my condolences to the family of Mr Leizado. The loss of a family member under any circumstances is always difficult and we must apply some degree of empathy.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I'm not going to watch the video because it will make my blood pressure go through the roof!!! I truly hope karma finds him.......

Ninamarie
Ninamarie

Too bad I wasn't taken the video, I would have punched him in his stupid mouth. I bet his mother is so proud of his disrespectful ass. Karma is about a bitch!

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Save the tax payers the cost of court time.toss a shrapnel pineapple in there on his gang banging posterior end.JGB

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I am getting freaking tired of these idiots not having any respect for cops especially to this point....If I would've been there I would've slapped the f--k out of him!!!!