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Who is Nathaly Gomez Iglesias? NY cop wounded as man sprays bullets targeting her sister's 'MS-13 boyfriend'

Nathaly Gomez Iglesias, 23, was injured at her Long Island home as one of the bullets grazed her head
(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: An off-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, 23, was wounded in the early hours of Monday, May 31, after a gunman attacked, spraying 30 bullets at her home. One bullet grazed the officer's head. However, it was reported that the injury was not grave. 

When the incident took place at 2.30 am, the victim had been eating at her home in Brentwood, Long Island. It has also been revealed that the attacker might have been targeting the victim's sister's boyfriend who is allegedly a member of the MS-13 gang


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Who is Nathaly Gomez Iglesias?

Nathaly Gomez Iglesias is the 23-year-old NYPD officer, who was attacked in her home by a man reportedly targeting her sister's boyfriend who is believed to be a part of the MS-13 gang. Iglesias was taken to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore and was treated for her injuries. Suffolk County Police said in a statement on Monday, "The investigation has revealed the incident was not random."

It has been revealed that action would be taken against the officer if officials find proof of Iglesias being involved with gang members and criminals as that would mean that she broke NYPD rules. According to a report in The Daily News, the spray of bullets has pretty much ruined the house. It was stated that one bullet went through the front window, while another shattered the glass on the front door.

More bullets hit the mailbox, siding, and brick on the front of the house and damaged the property. The car that was parked was also damaged after a bullet hit the window of a white sedan in the driveway. Neighbors also made statements about how the spray of bullets had woken them up. Iris Hernandez, a 44-year-old neighbor said, "We heard the shots, but we don't know anything more because we were sleeping."

She added, "at the beginning, I did think they were shots, but there were so many that then I thought they were maybe fireworks. So that's what happened — we stayed there, really thinking they were fireworks. Only when I went to the bathroom I realized that all the police were here. It's worrisome."

Stationed at the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, Iglesias joined the department in 2019. She stays with her mother and sister in the house in Brentwood that was destroyed in the attack. Iglesias did not want to comment on the incident and when New York Post had approached the officer, she said, "I don't want to talk." 

Suffolk County police, on the other hand, confirmed the incident and said, "Shots were fired into a home on Morton Street at approximately 2.30 am," adding, "Multiple people were inside the home at the time, and an adult female was grazed by a bullet. The woman was treated at a local hospital and released."

MS-13 violence was prevalent in Lond Island with most of the senior leaders now based in El Salvador. This gang was formed in the 1980s in Los Angeles prisons and there are reports that the gang has been connected to more than 55 murders in New York City and Long Island by federal prosecutors.