New York Daily News

Oct. 7, 2011


Teen gang member charged in shooting of off-duty cop


A teen gang member was charged Thursday with shooting an off-duty cop in the arm as he opened fire on a group of rivals in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

Eric Greenidge, 18, who sources said is a member of the Very Crispy Gangsters, squeezed off several shots toward the rival crew near a McDonald's parking lot in East New York about 4 p.m. Monday, prosecutors said.

The bullets flew just as Officer Dawn Foster, 38, a 17-year veteran of the force, drove up to the fast-food joint to use an ATM machine, cops said. A stray bullet pierced the officer's right arm, cops said.

Foster - who is assigned to the department's medical division in Queens - sped away to her mother's nearby home, where she called 911, sources said.

She was treated for the wound, which was not life-threatening, at Kings County Hospital.

No one in the group of Greenidge's alleged intended targets, the Rock Starz, was hit in the gunfire. Witnesses later helped to identify Greenidge, who is on parole for a robbery conviction, as the gunman.

Greenidge was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said the teen's bail should be remanded.

"Given the level of violence on our streets and the proliferation of guns in this city, how bail can be granted to a convicted criminal under these circumstances defies logic," he said.