- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 1, 2014

An off-duty officer with the New York Police Department got drunk Tuesday night and fired his gun 13 times at a complete stranger who was stopped at a traffic light, police said.

Officer Brendan Cronin, 27, has been charged with assault in the first degree after he randomly opened fire on Joe “The Truck” Felice, 47, while the two were stopped at the light in Pelham, Westchester, the New York Post reported.

The victim was hit six times, suffering wounds to his lungs, arms and torso. He is in stable condition at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Officer Cronin fled the scene and was picked up by police in New Rochelle. He was almost shot himself during a standoff in which he allegedly pointed his gun at officers.

Police say the officer had been drinking that night with other officers after they had gone for target practice at the NYPD firing range. He was apparently so drunk that he didn’t even remember firing his gun, the Post reported.

Investigators say they don’t know why he opened fire on Mr. Felice, who had been heading home after playing a hockey game with friends.

“We have not been able to find any link between” the two men, said Pelham Police Chief Joseph Benefico. “We have nothing to link either party to each other — no road rage, nothing.”

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