New York's Times Square was temporarily cordoned off on Saturday after at least three people were injured in a shooting, according to NBC News, citing police. The suspect, pictured below, was caught on camera.
Earlier today, 3 people were shot in @TimesSquareNYC, including a 4-year-old child.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) May 9, 2021
Help your @NYPDDetectives identify the man pictured below — they want to talk him about the incident.
Call 800-577-TIPS with info. pic.twitter.com/GrgPUu7nCC
The victims, a four-year-old girl, a 23-year-old and a 43-year-old received non-fatal wounds after one of four men involved in an altercation drew a gun around 5 p.m. and opened fire. All of the victims were bystanders, while the little girl underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
"Two shots. They was bleeding the toddler was bleeding and the mom was crying," said one Times Square vendor.
All of the people struck were bystanders. They include a four-year-old, 23-year old, and 43-year-old. None are related. One is a tourist visiting the city from Rhode Island. They were struck when one of four men in a dispute pulled a gun and fired shots, per sources.— Myles Miller (@MylesMill) May 8, 2021
A shooting in #TimesSquare: A four-year-old was hit.— Pete Goode (@720threat) May 9, 2021
All of these officers are on scene to help. A female officer, with the child in her arms, trucks it to the ambulance down the block. pic.twitter.com/nDfq8BaJAd
It is unclear what the dispute was over which led to the shooting. No suspects have been detained. The shooting came just one hour before a scheduled rally in memory of Daunte Wright, a black man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota in early April. Police have not linked the shooting to the event at this time.
There have been 416 shootings in New York City through May 2 of this year, up 83% from this time last year when everyone was locked down, accordsing to police data.
"A child in one of the top tourist spots in the world on a spring Saturday isn't safe from this nation's gun violence epidemic," said local TV reporter Steve Keeley of Fox29.
A child was one of two people shot this Saturday afternoon in Times Square. A child in one of the top tourists spots in the world on a spring Saturday isn’t safe from this nation’s gun violence epidemic @FOX29philly https://t.co/5RFuiaAfUB— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) May 8, 2021
The shooting comes amid a spate of attacks against asians committed primarily by black suspects. Last Sunday, two Asian women were assaulted by a black woman wielding a hammer - leading to one of the victims, a 31-year-old Taiwanese woman, being hospitalized with a head wound.