ELMHURST — Authorities were looking for a suspect who got in a shootout with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said.
An NYPD sergeant and officer were responding to a report of a group of men trespassing at a residential building on Lamont Avenue at 1:47 a.m. when they witnessed the suspect chasing another man with a gun and shooting at him, police said.
Police later identified the suspect as 20-year-old Cristian Mosquera.
When the sergeant and officer got out of their car and ordered Mosquera to drop his gun, he shot at them and missed, according to cops.
The police returned fire as Mosquera took off on foot, the NYPD said.
Police said they recovered a loaded .22-caliber handgun from the scene.
Mosquera is described as a Hispanic man, 5-foot-4 and weighing approximately 120 pounds, police said.
Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.
Police said there is $12,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.