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Three people, including a 4-year-old, shot in New York's Times Square

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4/4 © Reuters. New York City police officers stand guard after a shooting incident in Times Square, New York, U.S., May 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon 2/4

By Raphael Satter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people including a four-year-old girl were shot in New York City's Times Square after gunfire broke out in a dispute that they were apparently not involved in, the city's top police official said Saturday.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a family from Brooklyn had brought the child to Times Square to buy toys. Shea told reporters gathered at Times Square that she and the two other victims - a 23-year-old female tourist from Rhode Island and a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey - did not appear related to one another or to the shooting itself.

"It appears that all three are innocent bystanders," Shea said.

Shea said police had "one person of interest" that they were seeking information from but no indication yet as to the context of the dispute, which he said broke out between "two to four people" just before 5 p.m.

Shea did not provide details on the conditions of the victims but said that the 4-year-old and 23-year-old were shot in the leg; he said the 43-year-old was shot in the foot.

Crime rates have jumped in New York and other American cities in the past year; explanations for the surge vary.

In the 1970s and '80s Times Square had a reputation for seediness, an aura that has all but vanished in the 21st Century as soaring property values, gentrification and a plummeting crime rate turned it into a tourist playground.

Three people, including a 4-year-old, shot in New York's Times Square
 

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Randy Randy
randy00 May 09, 2021 6:45AM ET
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Too many guns, You gotta get rid of those Republicans.
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Simon Liu May 09, 2021 4:37AM ET
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Poor Americans, where are your human right while you point your fingers to Xinjiang?The ordinary Chinese are best protected in China against extremism and terrorisme. In US, it is exactely opposite.
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Ad Cline May 09, 2021 4:18AM ET
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until gun control is enforced in all states, guns will flow from states with little to none gun control enforcement.
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CatholicMan May 08, 2021 10:27PM ET
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Impossible, New York has gun control.
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Annex Stone May 08, 2021 10:27PM ET
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Rick Baier May 08, 2021 9:09PM ET
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Diblasio had wrecked the city. Hard to believe that he dethroned mayor Dinkins as the worst mayor ever to hold office.
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YouTube Account May 08, 2021 8:49PM ET
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NYC is a dead city and the only people left are poor people and criminals who can't afford to leave. Of course this will be blamed in guns because remember when our response to drunk driving was to ban cars?
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biden dennis May 08, 2021 8:49PM ET
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why cant alcohol be banned instead of cars??
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igor bogdanoff May 08, 2021 8:49PM ET
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biden dennis This was tried already in the 20's and 30's.  Kind of hard to ban something that anyone with some grain can manufacture on their own.  Much more effective to regulate it.  Not that I disagree, alcohol is terrible for you, but it's impossible to 'ban' it.
 
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