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Two NYPD Volunteers Killed in Shooting Rampage

March 15, 2007  | 

Three people, including two unarmed volunteer NYPD officers, were killed by a gunman who went on a shooting spree last night in Greenwich Village. The gunman was killed by responding officers.

Police say David Gavin walked into DeMarco’s Pizzeria in the West Village wearing a fake beard and carrying a 9mm semi-auto. He then shot a waiter 15 times in the back, and ran down the street.

Volunteer police officers Eugene Marshalik, 19, and Nicholas Pekearo, 28. responded to a call for help at the pizzeria. Officials reports say Gavin shot and killed them both. Neither officer was armed.

Armed officers responded to the shots and cornered Gavin. One witness told the Associated Press that the ensuing gun battle lasted five minutes. Several officers were reportedly wounded in the shootout.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement that Gavin had two guns—the nine and a .380—and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

Police say they do not know why Gavin went on the rampage. One neighborhood resident told the Associated Press that Gavin was a former employee at the pizzeria.

Volunteer officers Marshalik and Pekearo were the first NYPD volunteers to be killed in the line of duty since 1993. They will get full police honors at their funerals.

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Bob T. @ 1/4/2012 11:18 PM

FIRST my condolences to the slain Officers and their families. I was an NYPD Aux. Off. for several years in NYC, earning several awards for actions above and beyond my duties and 2 unit citations. I wanted to become a full time cop and what better way to learn the job then in NYC. I enjoyed the honor of protecting my neighborhood. I was unarmed and a civilian in a police uniform with everything but a firearm. It was to say the least dangerous, but you have to realize how brave the Off.'s that do this are. I remember years ago when the Aux. Off. had her fiance killed before her eyes on partrol in NYC. I still have the newspaper articles. I praise all of you as I know you are without a firearm but still wear the uniform to be the eyes and ears of the NYPD. I read recently that the Aux. unit was given Peace Officer status which the AUX. PBA asked for years ago. I have since retired as a full time law officer in NY and resumed my career in FL. retiring again. Id love to see the AUX unit armed but I know it will not happen. So to the other thousands of AUX. Off.'s in NYC and all over our country, thanks for your service.

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