New York, NY – Three innocent bystanders – including a toddler – were caught in the crossfire on Saturday when a man started shooting at his brother in Times Square, the Big Apple’s most iconic intersection.
The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on May 8 after four men – two of whom were brothers – started arguing at the intersection of 44th Street and 7th Avenue, WABC reported.
At least one of the brothers – later identified as Farrakhan Muhammad – pulled out a gun and started shooting.
But Muhammad didn’t hit his intended target and instead, his bullets struck three other people, including a four-year-old girl who was toy shopping with her parents, WABC reported.
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All three victims were transported to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
The four year old – who was later identified as Skye Martinez – was shot in the leg, according to the New York Post.
She was immediately taken into surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Surveillance video of the intersection showed New York Police Department (NYPD) officers converging on the area en masse.
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Muhammad was identified as the gunman to police by his brother whom he was trying to shoot, WABC reported.
Police said Muhammad was charged in a random assault in 2020 and is known to operate as an illegal vendor in the area of Times Square.
An officer identified as NYPD Officer Alyssa Vogel was captured on video after she picked up the child and ran down the sidewalk towards an ambulance, the video showed.
Officer Vogel, the mother of a six year old, told the New York Post her own motherly instincts just kicked in when she saw the wounded little girl.
“I just picked her up so I could run to the ambulance,” she said.
“She was just saying she wanted her mom,” Officer Vogel told the New York Post. “Her mom was running right behind me, but she was calling for her mother.”
The officer stayed with the terrified mother and child until she got them to the Pediatric Unit at the hospital.
“I actually got out of the ambulance with her and ran her to the pediatrics unit, where the doctors took over,” Officer Vogel said.
Officer Vogel was an NYPD legacy and she’s married to an NYPD officer, the New York Post reported.
“My dad used to be a cop,” she said. “My husband’s a cop. My brother is a cop. I just wanted to join the police department and help people.”
One of the other victims – a 23-year-old female tourist from Rhode Island – was shot in the thigh, WABC reported.
Police said a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey was shot in the foot.
The gunman fled before police could identify him and take him into custody, WABC reported.
Police did not find the gun he used but they did locate three shell casings at the scene in Times Square.
The investigation is ongoing, WABC reported.