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SHOOTING SUSPECT IS ROBBED

A gunman critically wounded a teen-ager in Times Square early Sunday and then was robbed -- at gunpoint -- of his burgundy leather jacket, police said.

Seeking justice, the gunman flagged down officers to report the theft, but both men wound up under arrest.

"This is one for the books," said Officer Thomas Kelly, one of the arresting officers.

Police said Chris Applewhite, 23, of Brooklyn shot a 19-year-old man in the stomach during a fight at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

The shooting victim remained in critical but stable condition in St. Vincent's Hospital.

About 90 minutes later, Applewhite "ran right up to our car" to report that a gunman had stolen his $400 jacket, Kelly said.

Officers realized Applewhite fit the description of the man sought in Times Square shooting and arrested him on attempted-murder, assault and reckless endangerment charges.

They also spotted a man throwing a leather jacket and a pistol under a nearby car and arrested Ronnie Butler, 19, of Brooklyn on weapons, robbery and stolen property charges.

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