NEW YORK — Police trying to arrest a man running through traffic in New York’s crowded Times Square on Saturday night opened fire on the suspect but missed him, wounding two women instead, city officials confirmed Sunday.
The man was apparently trying to get himself hit by vehicles as he erratically ran among traffic at the corner of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, according to police. The area is filled with restaurants and attractions popular with tourists.
The 35-year-old man, who police did not identify, dodged officers trying to arrest him, and put a hand in his pocket before simulating pulling out a weapon and shooting at officers although he was unarmed, police said.
Two police officers fired their guns but missed the man. Instead, a 54-year-old woman was struck in the right knee, while another bullet grazed the buttocks of a 35-year-old woman. Both were taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Local media said both women were from Manhattan, which police did not immediately confirm Sunday.
An officer managed to shock the man with a Taser gun before he was taken into custody.
Police are still investigating.
About a year ago, police officers wounded nine bystanders near the Empire State Building as they pursued a man who had just shot and killed a former colleague.