Police Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man in Times Square
When the tourists and shoppers thronging Times Square on Saturday afternoon first saw the police officers, guns drawn, confronting a knife-wielding man, many thought they had stumbled onto a movie set.
But it was quickly apparent this was no celluloid fantasy.
As the man fled, weaving through crowds and darting between cars, he threatened bystanders, witnesses said. The police gave chase, eventually cornering him near 37th Street and Seventh Avenue and killing him in a fusillade of bullets.
No identification for the man was released right away.
“He was swinging at people as he ran,” said Jobby Nogver, 17, visiting from Boston. Mr. Nogver watched as about a dozen police officers finally surrounded the man and shots were fired. “I can’t tell you how many shots,” he said. “It was a lot.”
The police confirmed that the man was killed but would not comment on how many shots the officers fired, and the department did not immediately provide a description of what prompted the shots.
Photo Credit: (Lincoln Rocha/New York Times)