Footage of the Times Square shooting on Saturday, when three innocent bystanders were shot, including a four-year-old girl, shows a heroic female member of the NYPD running through the chaos that erupted, carrying the little girl in her arms to safety.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller tweeted, “Whether [officers are] rushing toward the danger to help save a little girl or rushing home to family after their tour this #MothersDay — the dedication of NY’s Finest knows no bounds.”
Whether they’re rushing toward the danger to help save a little girl or rushing home to family after their tour this #MothersDay — the dedication of NY’s Finest knows no bounds.
— Deputy Commissioner John Miller (@NYPDDCPI) May 9, 2021
The little girl, Skye Martinez of Brooklyn, who was toy shopping with her family, was shot in the leg. A 23-year-old tourist from Rhode Island who came to visit the Statue of Liberty but traveled to Times Square when she realized the Statue was closed was also shot in the leg, and a 43-year-old women from New Jersey was shot in the foot. Skye Martinez underwent surgery on Saturday night at Bellevue Hospital Center.
“Police say two to four men got into a dispute of some kind … NYPD detectives and a K9 unit sifted through trash cans overnight, recovering clothing that match those worn by a person of interest,” CBS New York reported.
Skye Martinez’s 16-year-old aunt said that although the family fled when shots rang out, the “tough” little girl stayed calm. She stated, “She didn’t feel anything. Even when we noticed when we were at the corner, she wasn’t crying.”
The Rhode Island woman, Wendy Magrinat, 23, was shot in the thigh. She told the New York Post, “I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety — but I couldn’t. The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor.”
“I felt really dizzy, and I was losing blood, and I just started screaming, ‘I got shot! I got shot! I don’t want to die!’” Magrinat said, recalling she screamed, “I have a 2-year-old, please get my daughter to safety! I have a 2-year-old — I don’t wanna die!”
“I was screaming … ‘Please help me!’ — and people were just recording, they weren’t helping,” Magrinat claimed, adding, “I understand … people get in shock. But if you’re in shock, you shouldn’t be recording. But that’s how people are right now.”
“Police did not recover a gun at the scene, but three shell casings from a .25 caliber were found on West 45th Street,” PIX 11 reported. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, deeply upset, ripped New York City’s softened criminal justice policy, including ending cash bail, ending “broken windows” policing, and various police reforms, snapping, “How many kids have to be shot before we take this seriously?” Fox News reported.
The New York Post reported on Sunday that a suspect has been identified in the shooting and that he was reportedly attempting to shoot his brother when the three bystanders were shot. “Farrakhan Muhammad, a 31-year-old CD peddler, was identified as the alleged shooter in Saturday’s horror,” the Post reported, adding, “Two sergeants with the Manhattan South Detective Bureau were then working a fatal overnight stabbing at a West 31st Street single-room-occupancy hotel when they spotted a man who looked almost identical to the alleged shooter, even down to his clothes, hanging around, sources said.”
When the police queried the man, he claimed that his brother had aimed for him. “The suspect has been busted before, including last year for allegedly assaulting a random passerby who tried to intervene when Muhammad started hassling a couple on the street, sources said,” the Post noted.
— The Tornado News (@TheTornadoNews) May 9, 2021