The suspected gunman behind a Times Square shooting that injured a 4-year-old girl in Midtown Manhattan was arrested in Florida, officials confirm.
“Farrakhan Muhammad was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in Starke, Florida located just outside Jacksonville,” reports ABC News.
“The 31-year-old allegedly fired his weapon in Times Square this past Saturday while taking aim at his own brother,” adds the outlet. “He had been known to frequent Times Square, passing off bootleg CDs. He has been arrested several times over the last few years.”
Between 2007 and 2015 he was arrested seven other times on various charges including robbery, car theft and financial fraud.
Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, is under arrest and accused of opening fire in Times Square. The shooting wounded two women and a 4-year-old girl. https://t.co/vg9tGY3P9T
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) May 12, 2021
Original Story: May 10, 2021
Three people were abruptly shot in New York City’s famed Times Square district over the weekend after dispute turned violent near 42nd Street, where a quick-thinking cop saved the life of a 4-year-old girl out toy shopping with her family.
“This little girl is the strongest person I have ever seen,” Officer Alyssa Vogel told “Good Morning America.”
“After that, Officer Sparta and I started searching her for other gunshot wounds, to make sure that was the only one,” Vogel said. “When it was determined that was the only one, I had the instinct to pick her up and run her to the ambulance down that block, and that’s when I sprinted with her.”
“Obviously, they were very upset and traumatized by the whole situation. When we ran her to the ambulance the mother and the family were running right behind us. And the mother came on the ambulance with us,” Vogel said. “I just wanted to get her to the hospital. During that time my partner had yelled there was an ambulance down the block. Through my mind, I was just, she needs to get to the hospital. When there is a gunshot wound up on your thigh, there are arteries, and you didn’t know if an artery was hit or not. So I was just wanting to make sure she got to the hospital as soon as possible.”
NYC SPIRALS: 112 Injured By Gunfire in 9 Days, Local Says ‘Haven’t Seen Anything Like This in My Life’
Violence and gunfire continued to plague New York City since anti-police protests started back in June, with authorities confirming more than 100 people have been shot in the last 9 days.
“There have been 112 victims in 83 shootings over a nine-day period ending Saturday, according to police. Most of those shot were expected to survive, but at least six people have died in the past week and others suffered serious or critical injuries,” reports 1010Wins.
The NYPD on Sunday released this info detailing the nine-day stretch of shootings.
Friday, 6/19 – 8 shooting incidents with 9 victims.
Saturday, 6/20 -18 shooting incidents with 24 victims.
Sunday, 6/21 – 2 shooting incidents with 5 victims.
Monday, 6/22 – 11 shooting incidents with 17 victims.
Tuesday, 6/23 – 10 shooting incidents with 10 victims.
Wednesday, 6/24 – 3 shooting incidents with 5 victims.
Thursday, 6/25 – 5 shooting incidents with 8 victims.
Friday, 06/26 – 9 incidents with 10 victims.
Saturday, 06/27 – 17 incidents with 24 victims.
“It has just been ridiculous how it has taken place, because we saw a serious decline over a five year period and we have working relationships to work with our police department with their community policing,” said one local leader in Brooklyn. “Now look at what we’re faced with. I have not seen anything like this in my entire life living here in New York.”
Read the full report here.
NYC SPIRALS: AOC Says $1B Cut for NYPD Not Enough, ‘Defunding Police Means Defunding Police’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., weighed in Tuesday on the proposed New York City budget cuts to the police department she said don’t go far enough, saying “defunding police means defunding police.”
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” the congresswoman said in a statement.
Establishment Democrats and progressives have debated over what “defund the police” actually means. Some argue the phrase shouldn’t be taken literally and just stands to represent police reforms.
“It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”
The New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio reached a deal Tuesday to cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget.
Read the full report here.