Arrest made in pellet shooting outside of Gracie Mansion

Michael Veritsky, who lives across the street from the mayor’s residence, was arrested Monday, police said.
Gracie Mansion Bess Adler, Metro

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man they say fired a BB pellet into the back of a police officer on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security detail at Gracie Mansion on Sunday evening.


Michael Veritsky, 19, was arrested Monday on charges of assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a forged instrument,criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.


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De Blasio was not home during the alleged attack, which happened around 7:15 p.m., police said.


The officer was hit in the back, and she was treated for minor injuries at Lenox Hill Hospital and released.

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The NYPD said there have been two recent incidents of pellets being shot at windows in the area.

Police also questioned a 17-year-old girl who was with Vertisky, sources told the Daily News.

A SWAT team entered nearby 170 East End Avenue, where the shots were apparently fired, and a man was heard yelling “F-- de Blasio,” according to the Daily News.

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