Times Square gunman is arrested in Florida four days after he shot and wounded three people – including girl, 4, in famed NYC tourist spot
- Police arrested Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, in Florida, on Wednesday morning
- He is believed to be the gunman who opened fire on a crowd in Times Square on Saturday night, injuring three people, including 4-year-old Skye Martinez
- The suspect fled the scene following the shooting, but police began looking into Muhammad after identifying his brother
- Muhammad, who sold CDs in the area, allegedly started firing after getting into an argument with his brother
Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was found and arrested in Florida on May 12, three days after he allegedly opened fire on a crowd in Times Square and injured three people
A Times Square CD seller accused of shooting and wounding three people – including a four year-old girl – at the famed tourist spot has been arrested after four days on the run.
Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was found and arrested in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday after he allegedly fled the scene of the shooting Saturday night, which left a four-year-old girl and two others injured, according to the New York Post.
He was collared a day after a new mugshot was released, and is now set to be extradited back to New York.
Muhammad, who sold CDs in the area, was believed to have been targeting his brother, who he’d just gotten into an argument with, when he opened fire, sending hundreds of people fleeing for their lives.
The shooting occurred at around 5 p.m. Saturday night in front of the Minskoff Theater that hosts the hit musical Lion King, but which is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Upon hearing gunshots, many victims have said they felt panic and confusion, with dramatic footage showing frightened crowds fleeing as they realized what was happening.
Cop Alyssa Vogel was filmed running from the tourist hotspot with four-year-old Skye Martinez in her arms on Saturday after gunman Farrakhan Muhammed, 31, opened fire (right). On Monday, Vogel said she was just doing her job
Danae Romero, 16, said she was waiting in the queue at a toy store with her four-year-old niece Skye Martinez when the shooting began.
Romero said the pair ran for their lives – but described how Skye was struck by a stray bullet in her calf.
‘She didn’t feel anything. Even when we noticed when we were at the corner, she wasn’t crying,’ Romero told the Post.
Instead, she sat there, as Police Officer Alyssa Vogel sprinted down the tourist spot. stopping at Skye and immediately applying a tourniquet to her leg.
Body camera footage shows Vogel then scooped up the child, and ran her to a nearby ambulance.
‘I think any officer that would’ve responded to a job just like that would’ve done the exact same thing,’ Vogel previously told DailyMail.com.
The NYPD released this image of the man believed to have opened fire in Times Square, and asked for any assistance in finding him, after he fled the scene
Detectives started looking into Muhammad as a possible suspect after they approached a man on West 31st St in Manhattan on Sunday believing that he looked like him, The Post reported.
‘I’m his brother,’ the man told the detectives.
Police then released Muhammad’s mugshot and were asking for any help in locating him, as he fled the scene immediately after the shooting.
He had previously been arrested on suspicion of assault.