Gunman shoots tourist in Times Square, shoots officer; The chase is on: the police
A man is being hunted for a gunman who shot and wounded a tourist in Times Square and then shot an officer, according to New York City police.
Three men entered JD Sports, an athletic apparel and shoe store, at about 7 p.m. Thursday and began stealing merchandise on the second floor, New York Police Chief of Patrol John Chill said. Two of the three suspects went to the lobby, where they were confronted by a female security guard who recovered the stolen property, Chill said.
Police said the gunman then shot the security guard but instead shot a 38-year-old woman who was visiting New York from Brazil.
Police said the woman, who was shot above her left knee, hid in a storage room before being taken to hospital and her condition is stable. She has since been treated and released, police sources told ABC News.
The gunman, identified as a teenager from Colombia, according to police sources, fled several blocks away where he fired two shots at a pursuing officer, police said.
Police said the officer was not injured and did not return fire because there were too many people nearby.
The suspect then threw his shoes and jacket and fled into the subway station, where he ran onto the tracks, police said. He then exited the subway and remains at large, police said.
“An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us!” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry tweeted. “This coward shot an innocent, hard-working New Yorker and then opened fire on one of our officers. … This person continues to pose a danger and must be arrested immediately.”
An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us! Take a good look at this required flyer. This coward shot an innocent, hard-working New Yorker and then opened fire on one of our officers. These cops did what we all expected them to do, they went into danger. This individual… pic.twitter.com/YKBb6UJJSa
– NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Operations Caz Daughtry (NYPDDaughtry) February 9, 2024
Investigators questioned one of the two people who was with the suspect at the clothing store, a 15-year-old boy, and then released him, according to police.
Authorities are still looking to speak with the third person who was with the suspect.
ABC News’ Victoria Arancio contributed to this report.
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