Two women and 4-year-old girl injured in Times Square shooting: NYPD – fr

Two women and 4-year-old girl injured in Times Square shooting: NYPD – fr

Two women and a 4-year-old girl, suspected of being innocent bystanders, were injured in a shootout in Times Square in New York on Saturday, New York police said.

Shots rang out around 4:55 p.m. near 45th Street and 7th Avenue, and police officers already in the area responded, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a briefing.

The 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn was shot in the leg. She was with her family at the time of the shooting and is expected to have surgery at Bellevue Hospital, Shea said.

A 23-year-old tourist from Rhode Island was also shot in the leg. She came to Times Square after attempting to visit the Statue of Liberty, which remains closed due to the pandemic, Shea said.

The third victim is a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey who was shot in the foot. The two women were taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, according to New York firefighters.

Several witnesses told police that the shooting stemmed from a row in the street involving two to four or more men and that during the row at least one person pulled out a gun, Shea said.

A preliminary investigation showed that the three victims were unknown to each other and were innocent bystanders, Shea said.

Police are looking for those involved and believe there is at least one gunman, Shea said. The NYPD issued a video and a photo on Twitter at least one person wanted in the filming.

A gun was not found, but police found three casings of a .25 caliber gun at the scene, Shea said.

Shootings and gun violence exploded in New York City last year and continued to rise in 2021. According to NYPD urban crime statistics, shootings from this year to May 2 skyrocketed 83% by compared to the same period a year ago.


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