Woman, child reportedly shot in Times Square in NYC

Lawrence Kim
May 9, 2021

Two women and a 4-year-old girl, believed to be innocent bystanders, were wounded in a shooting at New York's Times Square on Saturday, according to NY police.

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

They were hospitalized in Manhattan, and their lives were not in danger, said NY police commissioner Dermot Shea, at a press briefing.

The incident occurred at 4:55 p.m., near the corner of West 44th Street and 7th Avenue, the report states.

The three victims were a four-year-old child in a stroller, who was hit in the leg while her family was buying toys, a 46-year-old woman hit in the foot, and a 23-year-old tourist from Rhode Island hit in the leg.

The child is among three innocent bystanders to have been injured in the shooting on Saturday afternoon (Sunday morning AEST). Shea said he had "no doubt" the suspect would be caught shortly.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the shooting "senseless violence" and vowed the suspects will be brought to justice.

"The flood of illegal guns into our city must stop", he said in a Twitter post.

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. Shootings spiked 182% in the last week, compared to the same period a year ago, according to the NYPD.

De Blasio has insisted crime numbers will fall once criminal courts are fully back open at the end of May - even with bail reforms that critics say make it far easier to send criminals back onto the streets.

Crime in general was up 30 percent over the same period.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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