September 17, 2021 18:39

Three women shot, injured in Times Square

Kayla Simas

Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

A gunman is at large after three people were injured in a shooting in Times Square, Saturday evening.

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

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference that shots were fired after there was a dispute between a group of men, and one pulled out a gun.

Officers nearby heard four to five shots, when three individuals, who are said not to be targets of the shooting, were shot.

Shea said one of the victims was a 4-year-old Hispanic girl from Brooklyn, who was struck in the leg and is undergoing surgery.

Another victim was a 24-year-old woman from Rhode Island, who was hit in her thigh, and a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey, who was shot in the foot, according to Shea.

NYPD announced the individuals are expected to survive and were rushed to the hospital. The individuals were not related.

At the scene, NYPD found 25 caliber shell casings, and have video footage of at least one suspect, Shea stated.

Mayor Bill de Blasio posted on Twitter the suspects would be brought to justice.

“The perpetrators of this senseless violence are being tracked down and the NYPD will bring them to justice,” he wrote. “The flood of illegal guns into our city must stop.”

“NYC is still safe. It’s the greatest, most wonderful city in the world, but we need help,” said Shea.

Police have released the image of a person of interest in connection to the shooting, and are looking for the public’s help in locating the individual.

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