Times Square shooting: 15-year-old immigrant teen arrested after woman shot and police chase

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the New York Police Department Police have confirmed they have arrested a 15-year-old teenager in connection with a shooting in Times Square on Thursday. Police say the teen was shoplifting when he opened fire inside a sporting goods store, shooting a customer and later firing at officers during a police chase through the streets of midtown Manhattan.

“Fortunately, our uniformed officer was not injured and did not return fire,” NYPD Assistant Chief Jason Savino said during the press conference. “Why? Because that officer was well aware of the danger that firing that weapon on a crowded street could cause.”

The 15-year-old, whose identity will remain secret until he is brought to trial, was arrested outside New York City on Friday, police said.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 15 and 20 years old, who was wearing an all-white uniform at the time of the search.

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Police say a teenage immigrant has been involved in previous incidents

The teen was taken into custody at a residential home that police believe may be linked to a family member in Yonkers.

During the press conference, the suspect’s last known address was the Stratford Arms Hotel on the Upper West Side, which had been used as an emergency shelter for immigrants for several months.

Police said the teen immigrated from Venezuela last September, and the weapon used in Thursday’s shooting was a .45-caliber handgun. Police cannot confirm how the gun was obtained.

On January 25, the suspect was involved in another shooting in Times Square in which a similar gun was used but no one was injured, police said, and the suspect was also linked to an armed robbery on January 27 in the Bronx.

NYPD responds to a report of a shoplifter at a sporting goods store

New York Police Department officials speak during a news conference on February 8, 2024 after a customer was shot inside a business.

The first shooting occurred just after 7 p.m. Thursday at JD Sports at 42nd Street and Broadway after three people allegedly robbed the store, the New York Police Department told USA TODAY Friday morning.

During a press conference on Thursday evening. NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell He told reporters that the clash began when a security guard stopped the suspected thieves at the front door of the store, asked them for their receipts, took a shopping bag from them and began questioning them.

A customer in the store was injured by gunfire

Inside the store, one of the reported robbers allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the security guard, but missed.

Police said the shooting struck a 38-year-old customer in the leg, and the three suspects allegedly fled.

Arriving officers located the injured agent and transported her in stable condition to the hospital, police told USA TODAY.

The woman, a tourist, is expected to recover, the Associated Press reported mentioned.

The chase leads to busy downtown streets

Officers on routine patrol quickly arrested one suspect, but the other suspect — the gunman — ran and fired two shots at a pursuing officer, Chill said. The bullets missed the officer, Chell said.

Although the officer pulled out his weapon, he did not shoot the suspect because too many people were in the area, Chell said.

The suspect then continued running, and fired again at the same officer, who did not return fire because there were several people in the area.

No civilians were injured by the suspect’s gunfire.

The suspect then ran into the subway, jumped the tracks, then ran back out of the subway before disappearing, Chell said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Times Square shooting in New York: 15-year-old suspect arrested

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