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'There was blood everywhere': Kansas City tourist, 44, tells how he was shot in the shoulder by a STRAY BULLET while walking near NYC's Times Square

Chris Ruby, 44, was shot and injured as he walked down West 38th Street in Manhattan in the early hours of Wednesday morning, returning to his hotel after watching a baseball game

  • Chris Ruby, 44, was shot early Wednesday morning in Midtown Manhattan Wes
  • He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in a stable condition and was treated for a fracture to his collar bone and shoulder blade
  • He suffered a fracture to his collar bone and to his shoulder 
  • Purported gang member Brannovan Martinez, 21, has been arrested over the shooting
  • Police believe Ruby was not the intended target and was struck by a stray bullet
  • Purported gang member Brannovan Martinez, 21, was arrested over the incident late Wednesday and has been charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment. He has multiple prior arrests for drugs and assaults

A tourist from Kansas City has spoken for the first time since he was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet near New York's Times Square. 

Chris Ruby, 44, was struck as he walked down West 38th Street in Manhattan in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 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 on Wednesday evening. 

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

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 late Wednesday 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. 

The shooting occurred just hours before Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is convinced that New Yorkers are not living in fear, despite crime rates rising across the board, including dramatic increases in murders and shootings. 

Chris Ruby, 44, was shot and injured as he walked down West 38th Street in Manhattan in the early hours of Wednesday morning, returning to his hotel after watching a baseball game

Chris Ruby, 44, was shot and injured as he walked down West 38th Street in Manhattan in the early hours of Wednesday morning, returning to his hotel after watching a baseball game

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

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

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

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

The mayor acknowledged that since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the city has experienced a 'serious uptick' in gun violence, but he praised the New York City Police Department for its 'great work' getting guns off the streets and making arrests. 

'I've talked to New Yorkers all over the city,' he said. 'They are focused on the city coming back. I don't not believe New Yorker live in fear. That's just not who we are.' 

De Blasio's remarks came a day after the NYPD released its latest crime data for March, showing that overall crime went up 2.4 per cent, compared with the same time last year, driven by a 36 per cent jump in murders and a 35 per cent increase in auto thefts.

There were 99 shooting incidents in March 2021, compared to 56 a year ago, representing an increase of nearly 77 per cent, even as police drastically stepped up their efforts to arrest suspects on weapons charges. 

There were 492 gun arrests citywide last month, which is an increase of nearly 67 per cent compared to March 2020.      

'I felt this huge pain in my shoulder,' Ruby told ABC 7 after he was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday evening

'I felt this huge pain in my shoulder,' Ruby told ABC 7 after he was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday evening

Ruby was on his first ever visit to New York City and isn't sure when he'll be back. He is flying home to Kansas City with negative memories of his horror tip to The Big Apple.
Ruby is pictured

Ruby was on his first ever visit to New York City and isn't sure when he'll be back. He is flying home to Kansas City with negative memories of his horror tip to The Big Apple.

De Blasio says 'New Yorkers don't live in fear' amid crime surge

Despite the statistics, De Blasio said Wednesday that he's convinced that deepening the bond between the NYPD and communities would have a 'huge impact' on reducing crime rates in the city.      

'I think people see these actions and they know that continued help is coming,' he argued. 'But New Yorkers don't live in fear. They keep moving forward. I really believe that. I've felt that my whole life here.'

But the crime surge could keep others away. 

Ruby was on his first ever visit to New York City and isn't sure when he'll be back. 

He is flying home to Kansas City with negative memories of his horror tip to The Big Apple. 

I'm just ready to go home. I was in the hospital for five hours and then the police station for two or three,' he told ABC 7. 

'All those New York souvenirs I have, I don't want to look at them." 

The shooting occurred just hours before Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is convinced that New Yorkers are not living in fear

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