The suspects bailed, and Marcano, a member of Transit District 12 in the Bronx, chased them.Despite blood oozing from his wound, the eagle-eyed Marcano ran after the thugs, ordering bystanders to “get down!” He took cover behind the cab and fatally shot one suspect in the head, a police source said.
“He was firing one-handed and using the other hand to keep pressure on his wound,” Kelly said.
A .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
The other suspect and the driver of the Mustang got away. Cops were combing the area for them Wednesday night and a $10,000 reward was being offered for information leading to their arrest.
After shooting the bandit, Marcano flagged an ambulance to take him to the hospital.
“He did everything we could ask of him,” Kelly said of the hero cop.
An NYPD helicopter crew spotted one of the suspects hiding on the roof of a building on Anthony Ave., but he had disappeared by the time officers on the ground reached the building, the source said.
Witness Eddie Rivera, 17, who lives near the shooting scene said he heard six shots, followed by four more.
“There were two different guns going off. Each shot was like a bomb,” said Rivera. “People were screaming and running everywhere.”
Mayor Bloomberg said Marcano, who joined the NYPD in 2007, was in pain but “bright-eyed” when he visited him at the hospital.
Marcano’s brother said he was in good shape.