Three teenagers were wounded in a shooting incident that took place in Times Square on Monday night, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). The victims, aged 15, 16, and 17, sustained injuries from the gunfire but are reportedly in stable condition. The shooter, who remains at large, was reportedly acquainted with the victims. The incident that took place was the result of a dispute between two groups that were present at the scene.
In front of the 5 Times Square building, gunshots broke out just before midnight. A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were shot in the thigh, while a 17-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to the shoulder. The NYPD confirmed that the victims’ injuries were not life-threatening. The shooter, known to the victims, fled the scene and was last seen entering the Times Square subway station. Authorities have released a surveillance image of the suspect but have yet to make an arrest.
Times Square implemented a gun-free zone last year, aiming to enhance public safety. However, this incident raises questions about the effectiveness of such measures. Despite the presence of the gun-free zone, multiple shootings have occurred in Times Square since its implementation. The Times Square Alliance, responsible for the area’s management, acknowledged the incident and expressed their commitment to working with city officials and law enforcement to restore order.
ETom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance, extended well wishes to the victims and emphasized the need for continued efforts to maintain public safety. Harris expressed confidence in collaborating with Mayor Adams, Commissioner Caban, and the dedicated members of the NYPD to restore a sense of security to the city.