In the Saturday night shooting, the suspect came up to the two officers sitting in a van with its emergency lights on and asked a question, Shea said.
"Multiple shots were fired by the perpetrator at close proximity into the van", he said.
"For the second time in less than 12 hours, NYPD officers have been targeted specifically", Shea said. The gunman then took cover on the floor and slid his gun away as other officers swarmed the scene.
Williams allegedly claimed he was struck with a stun gun during the 2018 arrest and shouted "they tasered me" when officers took him into custody Sunday, according to police sources.
Williams was arrested and convicted for attempted murder in 2002 after shooting an individual, carjacking a vehicle and getting into a gun battle with officers. The wounded officer is expected to make a full recovery but is staying in the hospital for observation. The officer's partner then drove him to the Lincoln Hospital where he was being treated and is expected to survive. Officers apprehended Williams when he ran out of bullets, Shea said. The officer was able to drive away and treat his wounds at a nearby hospital.
The shooting harks back to an incident in 2017 when a gunman killed NYPD officer Miosotis Familia as she sat in her patrol vehicle in the Bronx.
Police believe the same man shot two NYPD officers in separate attacks. Reacting to the attacks on NYPD officers, NY state governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement saying, "We have zero tolerance for attacks of any kind against law enforcement, and the person or people responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law".
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who won office partly on a promise to reform overly aggressive policing of minority communities, also suggested that while police had a right to protest, anti-police sentiment had gotten out of hand.
"Implying without any basis in fact that protesters or protest slogans are responsible for these attacks is irresponsible and needlessly polarizing", she said. When an officer answered, the shooter opened fire, striking one near the jaw.
Outside an emergency room in New York City, dozens of police officers saluted and stood in flawless formation Monday as bagpipes blared in the distance.
Last week, President Trump criticized New York City's leadership for failing to keep the city safe in his State of the Union address.