According to this Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) advisory received at 1:12 AM last night:
Due to NYPD activity, the Roosevelt Island Bridge will be temporarily closed.Have received several unconfirmed reports of a shooting on Main Street last night. Waiting for response to my inquiries from NYPD and RIOC.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Will update when more information available.
UPDATE 12:55 - Picture of NYPD on Roosevelt Island Bridge at Vernon B'lvd earlier this morning.
@Rooseveltisland pic.twitter.com/fcUimYU9VWUPDATE 4 PM - At about 9:15 AM I sent the following inquiry to RIOC President Charlene Indelicato, Interim Public Safety Department Chief John McManus and the RIOC Directors:
— Melissa A. Wade (@Honeybee22274) July 5, 2013
Any comment from RIOC regarding the reason for NYPD shutting down the Roosevelt Island Bridge last night?At about 3:15 PM this afternoon RIOC Community Relations Specialist Erica Spencer-El sent the following statement:
I have received several reports of a shooting on Main Street last night at about the same time the Bridge was closed.
Will there be any comment from RIOC explaining what happened last night?
Late last night an individual sustained a gun shot wound to the hand on Roosevelt Island. The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (“PSD”) administered first aid on the scene and the victim was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The Roosevelt Island Bridge and Tram were temporarily closed, and several NYPD officers were stationed by the F train, in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. The NYPD is conducting an investigation. PSD is assisting the investigation and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety and security of Roosevelt Island.I replied:
Will update if more information received.This statement says very little about what happened.
Any comment about the Public Safety Department crowd dispersal at Lighthouse Park, fighting near the deli and subsequent shooting on Main Street in the early morning hours last night.
I understand that PSD Director McManus was on the scene as well. Is that true?
UPDATE 10 PM - Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Chair Erin Feely-Nahem was told the following by RIOC:
In the incident that happened in front of the deli last night, under the Supervision of Director John McManus, Public Safety Officers successfully handled the dispersing of crowds, without the use of pepper-spray, batons, and without an array of summonses or arrests . They were able to de- escalate a situation which could have very easily gotten out of hand. There were no reports of vandalism and no riot occurred. The PS Officers on duty acted professionally and demonstrated extreme constraint in their interaction with the crowd of 200-300 individuals who after exiting Lighthouse Park, gathered in front of the deli on Main Street.
The individual who was shot in the hand was not a resident of Roosevelt Island and was discovered by Public Safety Officers and aided until the the ambulance arrived. Officers from the 114th came in and handled the situation, while the PSD Officers, working in conjunction with them, successfully dispersing the crowds. The Detectives from the 114th are questioning individuals who were in the vicinity during the time of the shooting.