USA – Shooting at Times Square leaves 3 injured

USA - Shooting at Times Square leaves 3 injured

USA – Shooting at Times Square leaves 3 injured

A shooting in New York’s bustling Times Square has injured two women and a four-year-old girl, in an incident US authorities were still scrambling to understand, police said Saturday.

The incident took place just before 5:00 pm local time (9:00 pm GMT), at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 44th Street, a NYPD spokesperson said.

They were hospitalised in Manhattan, and their lives were not in danger, said New York police commissioner Dermot Shea, at a press briefing. No arrests had been made by early evening. Police issued an appeal for witnesses and released surveillance camera footage of a wanted man.

The city has seen a rise in gun violence this year. According to a recent report by the city’s police department, at least 463 people have been shot in the city this year, up from 239 over the same period in 2019 and 259 in 2020.

A recent report by the neighborhood business association the Times Square Alliance, said the Times Square area recorded 25 violent crimes in the first quarter of 2021, up from 17 in the same period of 2020.