A man fell down a flight of steps and into a subway station after being shot in Times Square in broad daylight Monday in the third shooting to hit the tourist hotspot this year.
The unidentified man was shot at around 12.12pm in the corner of West 40th Street and Seventh Avenue, near a McDonald’s and sushi restaurant Wasabi.
His injuries are not fatal and no arrests have been made so far, police say.
The bullet sent him stumbling down into a nearby train station, which was sectioned off with police tape as officers investigated the scene Monday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, a 42-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with facial injuries after she was pushed into the side of an incoming train at the same Times Square-42nd Street subway stop, according to WABC. Another woman fled the scene.
NYPD officers sectioned off the entrance to a Times Square subway stop Monday afternoon
An unidentified man stumbled into the station after he was shot in the right leg. This photo shows cardboard covering the spot where he landed
The man’s injuries are not fatal and no one has been arrested in the case, police say. His shooting is the third to hit Times Square in 2020
The shooting is the third such incident in Times Square this year.
In May, three unrelated bystanders were hit by stray bullets in the busy tourist hub after police say a man started shooting indiscriminately during an argument with someone else.
The man above is suspected of shooting three unrelated bystanders in Times Square in May, including a 4-year-old girl
A four-year-old 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 were expected to survive.
‘This little girl was so strong,’ Officer Alyssa Vogel told WNBC. ‘She didn’t even cry once except when we were putting the tourniquet on. She screamed because it’s very painful.’
In July, 16-year-old Avon Darden turned himself in and was charged with attempted murder after shooting US Marine Samuel Poulin, 21, in the back.
Poulin was not seriously injured.
The young soldier had recently graduated from The Citadel military college in South Carolina with a commission in the US Marine Corps.
Times Square, one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, sees an estimated 50 million visitors annually and about 330,000 people pass through it daily.
Avon Darden, 16, handed himself over to cops in July a whopping ten days after he shot a Marine in the back of the head in Times Square
Samuel Poulin, a recent Citadel graduate, was shot by a teenager in Times Square while visiting New York in July
Total crime dropped by one percent in August compared to August 2020, with the biggest drops being in burglary, -24 percent, and shooting incidents, -30.7 percent.
The trend may be reversing, as weekly numbers ending on Sunday show that felony assaults are up by 7 percent, shooting victims are up by 1.6 percent and rapes are up by 2.2 percent compared to the same time last year.
Felony assault, rape and shootings were all up through October 3 compared to last year
Eric Adams, the Democrat expected to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio as mayor next year, says he plans to reinstitute the NYPD’s gun unit and plainclothes unit to target gangs and get guns off the streets.
‘What I’ve heard over and over again in all of the meetings [with business leaders]? Public safety,’ Adams said during a radio appearance last month.
During one of his daily remote press conferences in August, de Blasio revealed that in the first half of 2021, there were only 18 trial verdicts across the five boroughs, compared to 405 during the same time in 2019.
Meanwhile, state courts outside New York City have produced 118 trial verdicts during the first eight months of the year.
‘That isn’t good enough,’ the mayor said, after heaping praise on the New York City Police Department for making a record number of gun-related arrests and highlighting the work of community activists.
A spokesman for the court system accused the mayor of ‘gaslighting’ the public with his accusation.
‘Yet again, the mayor demonstrates his glaring lack of understanding of the criminal justice process in this state,’ said Lucian Chaifen, director of communications for the Office of Court Administration, in a statement.
‘His gaslighting rhetoric regarding court operations in an attempt to shift the public safety discussion continues.’
The spokesperson argued that the court system has been back at full strength since May, and rebuked prosecutors and defense attorneys for not being prepared to try their cases.