Mass shooting in gun-controlled, police-defunded Times Square sends little girl, two women to hospital – shooter on the run

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, two women and a 4-year-old girl were non-fatally shot in Times Square on May 8th, with police officials searching for a noted person of interest who fled the scene of the shooting.

NYPD officials say that witnesses observed roughly two to four males get into some sort of an altercation near 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan at approximately 5:00 p.m. on May 8th.

During this dispute, at least one of the males had produced a firearm and wound up shooting a 4-year-old girl who was shopping with her family, a 23-year-old female tourist from Rhode Island and a 46-year-old woman from New Jersey.

The 46-year-old woman was shot in the foot whereas the child and 23-year-old woman were both shot in the leg, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Reportedly none of the victims injured were involved in the altercation where the firearm was produced, nor were they at all familiar with each other or the men involved in the dispute leading up to the shooting.

Authorities say that the victims were all transported to Bellevue Hospital following the incident and are expected to survive their injuries.

The NYPD released a brief video of an at-large person of interest wanted in connection with the incident.

Investigators recovered three shell casings from the scene, which authorities say were fired from a .25 caliber firearm.

The 23-year-old woman from Rhode Island, later identified as Wendy Magrinat, who was shot in the leg spoke with NBC New York following the incident, saying she was visiting the area for Mother’s Day.

Speaking to the outlet, Magrinat stated the following:

“It was a pretty traumatic experience, not only for me, but for my entire family.”

“Thank God it didn’t break my bone, or anything like that, but it did go inside and it’s where my muscles are right now and the doctors said they wouldn’t do any surgery or take out the bullet – because it would do more damage.”

Magrinat said that the shooting happened while she and her family were standing in line at the BT21 store, with her and her husband reportedly hearing the altercation that led up to the shooting:

“All of the sudden I heard someone call – in a bad tone – someone else. And I told my husband ‘You know, let’s just move a little bit forward,’ because he had my 2-year-old in his hands. At the same moment I told him that, the shots were fired and the first shot went to my leg.”

“I walked a little bit, then I started screaming…asking for help, it was really scary. It was a scary moment.”

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In other ongoing investigations in New York City, authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in helping identify a homicide suspect who reportedly shot a 20-year-old victim in broad daylight back in April. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently released a video showing an alleged murder take place in broad day light on New York City’s Upper East Side.

The video, which was released on April 30th by the NYPD, showed the shooter holding a black handgun as he jumped out of a silver SUV parked alongside the victim’s car around 2:13 p.m. on Monday, April 26th. 

The video shows the suspect then running behind the car and firing at least one shot inside of the vehicle. The suspected gunman quickly attempts to jump into the rear of the SUV again while its driver began speeding away with the trunk and passenger-side door open. The SUV then sideswipes a parked car before fleeing the area.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Chris Delinois of Brooklyn. Delinois was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Reportedly, the suspected gunman is still at large.

The suspected gunman was last seen wearing a black mask, hooded sweatshirt and jacket, dark sneakers, and tight navy blue sweatpants. This shooting comes during the City’s bloodiest week so far this year as gun violence continues to soar ahead of what could be another violent summer.

NYPD data shows that 50 people were shot in 46 separate incidents over a seven-day period ending on the evening of April 25th. This is more than a 250 percent surge from the same week in 2020.

According to police, the weekend of April 23rd-25th alone recorded nearly two dozen shootings to cap off the violent week. A retired NYPD officer was reportedly in the “wrong place at the wrong time” and was one of 15 people shot on Saturday, April 24th in the Big Apple.

The 30-year-old former officer was leaving a party in Red Hook, Brooklyn around 11:30 p.m. when she heard gun shots and realized she’d been hit three times in the torso. Officers believe that the shots came from a group of men who began brawling after they were denied entry into the party.

The retired officer, who left the force in 2019 after seven years on the job, was taken to a nearby hospital where she remained in stable condition as of Sunday, April 25th.

The nearly year-long trend in gunplay began during the spring of 2020 as New Yorkers grappled with the first wave of COVID-19. Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to claim that the troubling surge of gun violence is really just part of a “perfect storm” of variables caused by the pandemic.

The shootings, however, have shown no signs of slowing even as the city and state begin to slowly reopen. According to NYPD data, so far this year, 376 shootings have been reported with 416 victims.

The mayor announced his policing plan to curb the gun violence that the city continues to see, but nearly all of the measures have already been implemented back in 2020, including the “Summer All Out” initiative that failed to slow a months-long surge in shootings. 

One Bronx cop slammed the mayor for touting gun arrests amid the shootings spike. The officer said in a statement:

“The mayor talks about record gun arrests. The only record we will have this year is record shootings.”

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