Police fire shots in Times Square, hit two bystanders
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
After being confronted by a disruptive man who pantomimed firing a gun in Times Square Saturday night, two police officers opened fire, striking two women and missing their target.
During the incident, the man in question, identified by authorities as Glenn Broadnax, 35, of Brooklyn, lay down in the middle of a crowded intersection, then later put his hand in his pants, withdrew it and pretended to shoot at the responding officers. Broadnax did not have an actual gun on his person during the incident.
After Broadnax pretended to fire, one officer fired a single shot and the other officer fired twice, striking two women from Manhattan who were walking in the area. One of the women suffered a leg injury and is expected to undergo surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center. The other woman suffered a graze wound to the buttock, received treatment at Roosevelt Hospital and was later released. Neither woman has been identified.
Broadnax was later surrounded by officers, shocked with a Taser and successfully subdued.
According to authorities, the two officers involved in the shooting were relatively new to the force and had never been involved in any shootings prior to Saturday.