Two New York police officers accidentally shot two bystanders at 9:36 EDT Saturday night near Times Square, the NYPD says. The police officers opened fire near the extremely busy intersection of West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue after a man, who had been acting erratically, pretended to point a gun in their direction.
The New York Daily News reports the two wounded bystanders, a 54-year-old woman who suffered a gunshot wound to her lower right leg and a 35-year-old woman who suffered a graze wound, were treated at Bellevue Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital, respectively. The names of the officers were not released.
The unarmed 35-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, was soon arrested, reports the Daily News. In a news conference, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the two officers were trying to arrest the man after he was seen blocking traffic, acting erratically and appeared to be veering into the paths of approaching vehicles. “This individual was blocking traffic and appeared to be attempting to be hit by cars when a police officer on foot patrol attempted to take him into custody in the intersection," said Kelly, according to the Daily News.
In the video taken during the incident, the suspect, wearing a green sweatshirt, can be seen pretending to point a gun at one of the officers prior to a gunshot being heard. Two more gunshots can be heard as people begin to run from the scene. In total, three shots were fired. Later on, the suspect can be seen running from the police officers before eventually being arrested.
Another witness of the Times Square shooting took a photo of one of the injured bystanders during the incident and posted it to Twitter. The shooting led to a shutdown of the area surrounding the Port Authority Bus Terminal, reports CBS News.
A video of the Times Square shooting can be viewed below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.