The famous TKTS booth in NYC was struck by a stray bullet during a Times Square shooting early Tuesday morning. The gunfire struck a window of the box office booth, shattering the glass pane. The unidentified gunman was on West 48th Street near Broadway when they opened fire at around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday.
According to reports, one of the stray bullets struck the rear window of the TKTS booth which is on West 47th Street and Broadway. The 20 feet long and 8 feet wide pane was completely shattered, according to eyewitness accounts.
The Times Square ticket booth is located underneath “the red steps” in Father Duffy Square. It sits in one of the most crowded areas in New York City and has seen tremendous traffic throughout the day. The TKTS booth gets especially mobbed before it opened, as would-be showgoers try to score last-minute, discounted tickets to acclaimed Broadway shows.
The suspect in the Times Square shooting has not yet been identified by police. No injuries were reported and it’s unclear who or what the intended target in the shooting was. The TKTS booth was empty and has been since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is set to reopen in September and it’s not clear if this incident will delay its reopening.
Investigators obtained a video that showed three men walking south on the west side of Broadway, reports claimed. The men crossed West 48th Street just before gunfire rang out. One of the three men could be seen drawing his weapon just before the shooting erupted. He then opened fire though it wasn’t immediately clear what he was aiming at.
As the man continued to fire his weapon, his companions hopped into a black SUV before fleeing down West 48th Street. The man stayed on the street and continued to fire his weapon before sprinting away. The suspect was described as a tall man wearing a white T-shirt and a piece of clothing over his head. He is estimated to be 6-foot-2.
The police are still trying to understand exactly what happened leading up to the shooting. It’s not clear why the shooting opened fire in the first place.
The Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris said in a statement Tuesday that “we’re grateful no one was hurt. Property can be replaced, people cannot. We have been in touch with the city administration and appreciate their unwavering commitment to restore a sense of security to the area.”
Detectives suspect that the Times Square shooting occurred during a fight that broke out outside a nearby strip club early Tuesday morning. The incident broke out mere hours before NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea hoped that the city would finish this month with fewer shootings than August of last year. So far, it is looking like his prediction may come true, however, increased gang activity may stifle his plea.
“We’re shooting to be down in this type of violence . . . but we have a lot of work to do and we still need help,” Shea admitted. “This is the number one issue that New Yorkers are concerned about.”
There have been several Times Square shootings since the Covid-19 pandemic began. As gun violence across New York and the rest of the country continues to surge, many stray bullets bleed into popular attractions like the Crossroads of the World.
In May, a 4-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet along with two other women. The alleged gunman, Farrakhan Muhammad, was arrested in Florida a few weeks later. In late June, Samuel Poulin was struck in the upper back after a bullet ricocheted off a building. The 21-year-old Marine survived the injury but many tourists are scared of more dangerous incidents in Times Square.