An off-duty police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy during a confrontation at a Staten Island pond known as a popular gathering place for teenagers, police said.
The incident began shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, when a group of 15 to 20 teens became rowdy at Jack's Pond, police said.
The commotion brought residents to their windows, police said, and the officer, who lived nearby, went to the pond to investigate a loud bang.
There, an argument broke out, and the officer ordered the teen to lie on the ground, police said.
For reasons that remained unclear, the officer then fired two shots, and one hit the boy in the groin, police said.
The teenager was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
The officer, a captain who had been with the Police Department for about 20 years, was being questioned, police said.