(NEW YORK) JUST IN: NYPD Report: Shooting in Times Square on Saturday evening around 5pm leaves two women and a young four-year-old-girl injured #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.09: A shooting in New York’s bustling Times Square has left two women and a four-year-old girl injured: The three victims were hospitalised in Manhattan and their lives were not in danger, he added:

NEW YORK: MANHUNT: ‘Shooting in ‘Times Square’ leaves three injured: The incident happened just before 5:00pm on Saturday, at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 44th Street, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson said’

Posted 8h ago

Five police officers are seen in the foreground of an image of New York's Times Square, walking on road with billboards behind
Police say the investigation is “still ongoing”.(Reuters: Jeenah Moon)

No arrests have yet been made. Police said the “investigation is still ongoing” without giving further details.

Times Square, one of New York’s tourist hotspots before the pandemic, has changed since theatres closed in March 2020.

According to a recent report by the Times Square Alliance, the neighbourhood business association, the area recorded 25 violent crimes in the first quarter of 2021, up from 17 in the same period of 2020.

At the end of March, a video of an assault on a woman of Asian descent shocked the neighbourhood.

A man with a criminal record, who lived in a hotel near Times Square that had become a reception centre for the homeless, was arrested and charged.

About 15 people are seen walking in the streets around Times Square, near an NYPD police van. They mostly wear black and helmets
Shootings in New York have sharply increased since last year, according to official data.(Reuters: Jeenah Moon)

Local theatres are set to start reopening on September 14, however, and New York’s mayor,  Bill de Blasio, recently announced a major campaign to revive tourism from June.

Shootings in New York have sharply increased since the summer of 2020 and the protests against police violence following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, official data show.

Crime in general was up 30 per cent over the same period.

AFP/ABC/

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.09: 2021:

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