New York Times Square shooting leaves three injured, including a child

Carrie Guzman
May 10, 2021

A Rhode Island woman visiting New York City was one of three people, including a 4-year-old girl, who were randomly shot in Times Square Saturday evening, authorities said. At least one man pulled out a gun and began shooting at the other men, but missed and struck three "innocent bystanders", NYPD police commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference.

The NYPD has released a photo and video of a person of interest connected to the shooting.

Officers from the New York City Police Department, who Ms Magrinat described "amazing", eventually came running and gave immediate assistance. "So many people swarmed around them so quickly...."

The third victim is a 43-year-old female from New Jersey.

A shooting at New York's Times Square has left three bystanders injured.

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The young girl was shot in the leg and is undergoing surgery at Bellevue Hospital, NYPD Commissioner Dermot O'Shea told reporters. Overnight, NYPD detectives and a K9 unit found clothing discarded in trash cans that match those worn by the person of interest.

Neighbourhood theatres are set to start reopening on 14 September, however, and the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, recently announced a major campaign to revive tourism from June.

Shooting incidents and gun violence exploded in NY last year and have continued to surge in 2021, CNN reports, citing the NYPD's city crime statistics that show shooting incidents this year through May 2 have skyrocketed 83% over the same period a year ago.

A 23-year-old tourist from Rhode Island also was shot in the leg.

Shea said city police officers have been seizing guns at an alarming rate over the past two years and he said "bad policies" were to blame. "It's the greatest, most wonderful city in the world, but we need help", said Shea.

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