A woman and a three-year-old girl have been shot in a shocking daylight attack in New York Times Square. A woman and a three-year-old girl have been shot in New York Times Square. The gunfire erupted in the tourist hotspot just before 5pm on Saturday at West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.
The victims are not related, sources said. It was initially reported they were a mother and daughter. The woman was struck in the leg, and the child was hit in the upper torso, law enforcement sources said. The two victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Both are expected to survive.
Streets around Times Square were closed to traffic amid the chaotic aftermath. “Horrible. What is it going to take?” NYPD Police Benevolent Association tweeted. “When will our leaders admit they have made a mistake? If this doesn’t shock them to reality, what will?”
The suspect has been described as a black male with short dreadlocks, wearing a zip-up red hoodie and a white soccer jersey bearing the number nine.
Sakho Khadim described hearing two shots and seeing a toddler with a lot of blood. “The cops grabbed the baby and put him in the ambulance,” Khadim said. “The mother was crying. She said, ‘I’m good.’” She then motioned to cops with a thumbs up, Khadim said.
Ciro Inova, who was at McDonald’s, said he heard three shots and saw a woman who looked to be in her late 20s on the ground. “She was crying out for assistance,” he said. Jesse Singh said he was trying to deliver pizza near a Rayban store when he heard screams, but not shots, and people started running.
“I didn’t know what was going on, so I started running in the opposite direction. Now I’m stuck behind barricades with these pizzas,” he said. Robin Feld, a tourist from Los Angeles, was in disbelief. “This is terrifying. I can’t believe he (the shooter) is on the loose,” she said. This article originally appeared in NY Post and was reproduced with permission