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Hero NYPD cop is filmed saving life of toddler hit by Times Square gunman's stray bullet: Manhunt continues for gunman who shot three innocent tourists while trying to shoot his BROTHER

Tourists flee in panic as three innocent bystanders, including a four-year-old girl, are struck by stray bullets in Times Square as shootings soar 83% in NYC

The public is asked to avoid the area at this time and expect traffic delays and road closures

    • Images of the suspected gunman in Saturday's Times Square shooting have been released by the NYPD
    • Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was allegedly trying to shoot his brother when he fired bullets into a crowd, hitting two women and a young child
    • Muhammad's brother was approached by detectives on Sunday, who noticed he looked like the wanted gunman
    • 'I'm his brother,' the man told them in what amounted to a bombshell breakthrough in the high-profile case 
    • One of the victims, Wendy Magrinat, 23, from Rhode Island, told how onlookers began filming as she pleaded for help after being shot in the leg

  • 'The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor,' she told The New York Post
  • Danae Romero, 16, said her 4-year-old niece Skye Martinez was also struck as they ran for their lives     
  • A hero NYPD officer is seen on a video cradling a toddler in their arms as they rush away from the scene of the shooting 
  • So far this year, shooting incidents in New York City are up 83% from last year 
  • Mayor de Blasio, celebrating his birthday, blames 'flood of illegal guns' NYPD commissioner slams 'bad policies' including elimination of bail  
Police are seeking Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, who allegedly tried to shoot his brother when he fired bullets into a crowd, hitting two women and a young child

Police are seeking Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, who allegedly tried to shoot his brother when he fired bullets into a crowd, hitting two women and a young child

The gunman suspected of shooting several innocent bystanders in Times Square on Saturday was aiming for his brother, who reportedly later gave his name to authorities, it has been claimed.

The New York Post is reporting Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, is the prime suspect in the shooting, which left hundreds of terrified shoppers and tourists fleeing for their lives.

Police are still hunting for the suspect, who reportedly sells CDs for a living.

Detectives made the crucial breakthrough when they approached a man on West 31st St in Manhattan on Sunday after they thought he looked suspiciously like the wanted man, The Post reported.

'I'm his brother,' the man told the detectives. 

Police have since released Muhammad's mugshot and are appealing for help in locating him.

Muhammad had been arrested last year on suspicion of assault.  

Meanwhile, an  NYPD officer is being hailed a hero after a video of them clutching a a small child while rushing from the scene of the shooting has gone viral on social media. 

The officer has been widely praised for cradling the toddler and taking her to safety. 

Victims have been describing the scenes of panic and confusion as they tried to evade the gunfire.

A Rhode Island woman has told how she collapsed in a pool of blood after she was shot at random in Times Square yesterday by a gunman who also wounded another woman and a four-year-old child.  

The man allegedly opened fire in the crowded tourist  zone in midtown Manhattan after getting into a heated argument, sending hundreds of people fleeing for their lives.

Wendy Magrinat, 23, on a sightseeing trip from Rhode Island, was shot in the leg as she stood in line for the Line Friends store on Broadway just before 5pm with her husband Yoel, their 2-year-old daughter Elise, and her mother, stepfather and 8-year-old sister.

She said she heard a fight break out between several men standing close by. 

She and her husband tried to move away but before she could get to a safe distance, she was shot in her right thigh.  

'I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety — but I couldn't. The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor,' she told The Post. 

Magrinat started screaming 'I don't want to die, please help me!', but says onlookers began filming her with their mobile phones rather than help.

'I understand … people get in shock. But if you're in shock, you shouldn't be recording. But that's how people are right now,' she told The Post.  


Police looking for man suspected of shooting three bystanders
The suspected gunman leaving the scene shortly after the Times Square shooting on Saturday, in which two women and a young child were shot

The suspected gunman leaving the scene shortly after the Times Square shooting on Saturday, in which two women and a young child were shot

Andrew Yang has pledged to establish a new 'anti-violence plain clothes unit to reduce guns and gun violence'. 'The police will be key to our recovery,' he said.

Andrew Yang has pledged to establish a new 'anti-violence plain clothes unit to reduce guns and gun violence'. 'The police will be key to our recovery,' he said.

Police lock down the scene following a shooting on Saturday in Times Square

Police lock down the scene following a shooting on Saturday in Times Square

Three innocent bystanders, including a mother and her four-year-old girl, were struck by stray bullets in Times Square in broad daylight

Three innocent bystanders, including a mother and her four-year-old girl, were struck by stray bullets in Times Square in broad daylight

The shooting occurred in front of the theater that hosts the hit musical Lion King (seen in the background above as police lock down the scene

 The shooting occurred in front of the theater that hosts the hit musical Lion King (seen in the background above as police lock down the scene

NYPD officers responded to the shooting at 4.55pm on Saturday near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan

NYPD officers responded to the shooting at 4.55pm on Saturday near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan 

New York City police officers stand guard after Saturday's shooting

New York City police officers stand guard after Saturday's shooting

Luckily, the bullet missed arteries, bone and muscle, and Magrinat says she is expected to make a full recovery. Her daughter and husband were unhurt.

Danae Romero, 16, said she was waiting in the queue at the same store with her 4-year-old niece Skye Martinez when the shooting began.

Romero said the pair ran for their lives - but Skye was struck by a stray bullet.

'She didn't feel anything. Even when we noticed when we were at the corner, she wasn't crying,' Romero told the Post.   

It's not clear if the young girl being rescued by the NYPD officer in the viral video is Skye Martinez. 

Romero said Skye, who is from Brooklyn, had managed to stay calm throughout the ordeal, and was in a stable condition in hospital. 

'She's pretty tough, I guess,' Romero told the Post. 

'She's always been happy. There aren't many times when she cries and stuff,' she said. 

She said her sister, Skye's mother, was in a state of shock after the shooting. 

She called on police to arrest the gunman quickly.

'What if he ends up hurting some more people? 'Cause if he's able to do it in a place where there's so much people like Times Square and not care, what's going to stop him from doing it again?' she said in an interview with the Post. 

A third victim, New Jersey woman, 43-year-old Marcela Aldana, was shot in the foot. All victims are expected to recover. 

Magrinat, who had been in New York for a family reunion, said she had lost a lot of blood after being shot in the leg.

As she begged for bystanders to help get her daughter Elise to safety, she said a crowd of people around her began filming.

She said she was bustled into an ambulance along with  4-year-old Skye, and rushed to hospital. 

Surgeons decided against removing the bullet in her leg immediately, to avoid causing more damage, and are keeping the 23-year-old dosed up on painkillers.

During the ordeal, Magrinat was terrified that her daughter Elise might have been harmed. 

An image of the suspected gunman walking away from Times Square. He was later confirmed to be Farrakhan Muhammad

An image of the suspected gunman walking away from Times Square. He was later confirmed to be Farrakhan Muhammad

But she says the 2-year-old was too young to understand what was going on, and when she saw her parents run, she laughed, thinking it was all a game. 

The NYPD released pictures of the man suspected of carrying out the shooting. 

Addressing the Times Square shooting, NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang said public safety was 'paramount' and promised to establish a new 'anti-violence plain clothes unit to reduce guns and gun violence'. 

'The police will be key to our recovery,' he said. 

Gunfire in Time Square leaves mother and four-year-old girl shot
It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot

It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot

The public is asked to avoid the area at this time and expect traffic delays and road closures

The public is asked to avoid the area at this time and expect traffic delays and road closures

It is the latest shooting to rock the tourist hotspot at gun violence soars in New York City

It is the latest shooting to rock the tourist hotspot at gun violence soars in New York City

It is the latest shooting to rock the tourist hotspot at gun violence soars in New York City

It is the latest shooting to rock the tourist hotspot at gun violence soars in New York City

NYPD officers canvas the scene for evidence after the shooting on Saturday in Times Square

NYPD officers canvas the scene for evidence after the shooting on Saturday in Times Square

Police dispatchers said the suspected shooter fled westbound on 44th Street on foot

Police dispatchers said the suspected shooter fled westbound on 44th Street on foot

On Saturday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said none of the victims were related or known to each other, and that they are believed to be innocent bystanders who were struck by stray bullets after a man got into an argument with someone else and began shooting wildly. 

Shea said Magrinet and her family had traveled from Rhode Island to Manhattan to visit the Statue of Liberty, but finding the ferry closed decided to visit Times Square instead.

A traffic camera on the scene caught the moment that the crowd of tourists fled in terror as the shots rang out. 

NYPD investigators recovered three shell casings at the scene, which appear to be .25 caliber, Commissioner Shea said.

The shooting unfolded after two to four men got into a dispute, and at least one of the men pulled out a gun and began firing, Shea said.

He said that none of the victims who were shot were involved in the dispute, and that they all appeared to be innocent bystanders.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the shooting on Twitter, saying he was glad the victims were in stable condition.

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

De Blasio, who was celebrating his 60th birthday on Saturday, did not join the police commissioner for a press conference at the shooting scene.

Asked about de Blasio's remarks, Commissioner Shea said that his officers have been taking guns off the streets at an 'alarming rate over the past two years.'

'It's time now that we have consequences for those,' he added, seeming to refer to bail reform policies that see many suspects, including those caught with illegal firearms, walk free without posting cash bond.

'How many more kids do we need to be shot before we realize that bad policies have consequences?' said Shea. 'We need action, and we need policies regarding laws to have consequences.'

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The suspect is described as a black male with short dreadlocks, wearing a zip-up hoodie and a white soccer jersey bearing the number nine

  • Two women and a child were shot shortly before 5pm Saturday in Times Square
  • Victims were struck in the legs and foot, and all three are expected to survive
  • One victim was a tourist from Rhode Island who was visiting Statue of Liberty
  • Police are searching for the suspected shooter, who fled the scene on foot 
  • Traffic camera caught the moment terrified tourist fled as shots rang out 
  • So far this year, shooting incidents in New York City are up 83% from last year
    Police are seeking this man wearing a No. 9 sports jersey in the shooting

    Police are seeking this man wearing a No. 9 sports jersey in the shooting

    Three innocent bystanders, including a four-year-old girl, were hit by stray bullets in Times Square in broad daylight, in a shocking shooting that sent tourists stampeding in panic.

    NYPD officers responded to the shooting at 4.55pm on Saturday near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, in the heart of Times Square.

    The young girl was struck in the leg, a 24-year-old woman was hit in her thigh and a 44-year-old woman was shot in the foot, police said. All are expected to survive.

    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said none of the victims were related or known to each other, and that they are believed to be innocent bystanders who were struck by stray bullets after a man got into an argument with someone else and began shooting wildly.

    The younger woman was a tourist visiting from Rhode Island, the older one a New Jersey resident, and the child lives in Brooklyn, and was shopping for toys with her parents, Shea said.  

    The tourist from Rhode Island had traveled to Manhattan visit the Statue of Liberty, but finding the ferry closed decided to visit Times Square instead, Shea said.

    A traffic camera on the scene caught the moment that the crowd of tourists fled in terror as the shots rang out. 

    Gunfire in Time Square leaves mother and four-year-old girl shot
    Three innocent bystanders, including a mother and her four-year-old girl, have been struck by stray bullets in Times Square in broad daylight

    Three innocent bystanders, including a mother and her four-year-old girl, have been struck by stray bullets in Times Square in broad daylight 

    Police lock down the scene following a shooting on Saturday in Times Square

    Police lock down the scene following a shooting on Saturday in Times Square 

    NYPD officers responded to the shooting at 4.55pm on Saturday near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan

    NYPD officers responded to the shooting at 4.55pm on Saturday near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan 

    The shooting occurred in front of the theater that hosts the hit musical Lion King (seen in the background above as police lock down the scene

    The shooting occurred in front of the theater that hosts the hit musical Lion King (seen in the background above as police lock down the scene

    NYPD Commissioner Shea delivers details on Time Square shooting

    NYPD investigators recovered three shell casings at the scene, which appear to be .25 caliber, Commissioner Shea said. 

    Dispatchers called for additional Emergency Services Units to respond to the scene, and the area was shut down to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. 

    Police dispatchers said the suspected shooter fled westbound on 44th Street on foot. 

    The suspect is described as a black male with short dreadlocks, wearing a zip-up hoodie and a white soccer jersey bearing the number nine. 

    Witnesses said that the shooting took place near the Minskoff Theater, the home of the long-running hit musical The Lion King. 

    The musical is not currently playing on Broadway due to pandemic restrictions, but in recent months tourists have begun returning to Times Square. 

    NYPD release Time Square shooter suspect video
    The suspect is described as a black male with short dreadlocks, wearing a zip-up hoodie and a white soccer jersey bearing the number nine

    The suspect is described as a black male with short dreadlocks, wearing a zip-up hoodie and a white soccer jersey bearing the number nine 

    Police officers are seen in Times Square after three people, including a toddler, were injured in a shooting near West 44th St. and 7th Ave

    Police officers are seen in Times Square after three people, including a toddler, were injured in a shooting near West 44th St. and 7th Ave

    It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot

    It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot

    So far this year, shooting incidents in New York City are up 83 percent from last year, and 94 percent from 2019, according to NYPD data

    So far this year, shooting incidents in New York City are up 83 percent from last year, and 94 percent from 2019, according to NYPD data

    It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot. 

    Last month, a tourist from Kansas City was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet near Times Square. 

    So far this year, shooting incidents in New York City are up 83 percent from last year, and 94 percent from 2019, according to NYPD data.

    Murders are up 16 percent on the year and 32 percent from 2019. 

    Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the shooting on Twitter, saying he was glad the victims were in stable condition.

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

    De Blasio, who was celebrating his 60th birthday on Saturday, did not join the police commissioner for a press conference at the shooting scene. 

    Police dispatchers said the suspected shooter fled westbound on 44th Street on foot

    Police dispatchers said the suspected shooter fled westbound on 44th Street on foot

    The area was shut down to pedestrians and vehicles as police searched for the shooter

    The area was shut down to pedestrians and vehicles as police searched for the shooter

    NYPD and medics respond to the scene after two women and a girl were shot in Times Square

    NYPD and medics respond to the scene after two women and a girl were shot in Times Square

    NYPD officers canvas the scene for evidence after the shooting on Saturday in Times Square

    NYPD officers canvas the scene for evidence after the shooting on Saturday in Times Square

    It is the latest shooting to rock the tourist hotspot at gun violence soars in New York City

    It is the latest shooting to rock the tourist hotspot at gun violence soars in New York City

    Tourist Chris Ruby, 44, was struck as he walked down West 38th Street in Manhattan in the early hours on April 7, returning to his hotel after watching a baseball game. 

    The Missouri native was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound, which fractured both his collarbone and his shoulder blade.  

    'I felt this huge pain in my shoulder,' Ruby told ABC 7 after he was discharged from the hospital later that day. 

    'I [then] took off my jacket, and there was blood everywhere. It was really bad.' 

    The public is asked to avoid the area at this time and expect traffic delays and road closures

    The public is asked to avoid the area at this time and expect traffic delays and road closures

    It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot

    It comes as gun violence soars in New York City, and marks the second time in a month that bullets have flown in Times Square, the crowded tourist hotspot

    Police say they believe Ruby was not the intended target of the shooting, and that he was simply caught in the crossfire. 

    Purported gang member Brannovan Martinez, 21, was arrested over the incident on the day of the shooting and has been charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment. He has multiple prior arrests for drugs and assaults.   

    Ruby says he saw the suspect appear to aim his gun toward someone else before he was accidentally struck. 

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