City Will “Flood The Zone” With Police Officers After Another Daylight Times Square Shooting


Authorities are persevering with to analyze a taking pictures that wounded a bystander in Occasions Sq. on Sunday. The incident, which follows one other daylight taking pictures within the “Crossroads of the World” final month, prompted Mayor Invoice de Blasio to vow that town would “flood the zone” with cops.

“It’s simply an unacceptable state of affairs,” he mentioned throughout his Monday press briefing. “It is a place that’s valuable and so vital to New York Metropolis. It needs to be secure, so we’re including extra officers.”

Round 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, police say {that a} group of individuals acquired into an argument close to forty fifth Avenue and Broadway, and one man fired a gun. One of many bullets ricocheted and hit a 21-year-old man who didn’t look like concerned within the dispute, based on police. The wounded man, who suffered a gunshot wound within the again, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in secure situation. The suspect fled east on forty fifth Avenue.

Fifty extra officers might be stationed within the neighborhood of the taking pictures, the mayor defined, as a part of a “Occasions Sq. Security Motion Plan.” One other measure might be to extend enforcement round unlawful merchandising. NYPD Chief of the Division Rodney Harrison mentioned they have been nonetheless investigating a motive, one thing they’re trying into is “aggressive panhandling of CDs… or road dancing.”

“We’ve got increasingly more vacationers coming again. They must be secure they usually must really feel secure. We’re going to guarantee Occasions Sq. may be very clearly well-patrolled,” he mentioned.

Harrison additionally described working extra with the Division of Client Affairs, Division of Transportation, and Occasions Sq. Alliance to extend security, along with bringing in undercover officers. Tom Harris, president of the Occasions Sq. Alliance, advised the NY Occasions, “We have been up till the taking pictures very optimistic about our progress. We actually are two steps ahead and possibly a half step again.”

The wounded man is a current graduate of the Citadel, Samuel Poulin, who was apparently visiting kin. Citadel President Common Glenn Walters mentioned. “We’re inspired that he’s reported to be in secure situation are sending our prayers and our like to his new spouse and his household.”