Priest shot in arm during incident in Jamaica

By Patrick Donachie

A priest was shot in the arm early Sunday morning in Jamaica, according to the NYPD.

At about 12:08 a.m., the 49-year-old priest, identified by the New York Post as Father Damien Ekete from Church of the Holy Spirit in Morris Heights in the Bronx, was standing near the intersection of 134th Street and Rockaway Boulevard. At that point, an individual inside an unknown vehicle fired a weapon, striking the priest in his right arm, police said. He noticed he was shot and was taken to Jamaica Hospital by emergency services. He was in stable condition, according to the NYPD.

The NYPD also released a photo of the vehicle from which the suspect fired, and they asked anyone with information about the incident to call 1 (800)-577-TIPS.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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