Two bystanders struck by NYPD cops opening fire on suspect near Times Square: sources

The 35-year-old man police were aiming for was acting erratically around the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St. and 8th Ave., sources say. Witnesses heard four shots, and two women, ages 54 and 35, were struck.

A bystander was reportedly shot (pictured) when NYPD police officers fired at a man on 8th Ave and 42nd St Times Square on Saturday, September 14, 2013. --  Photo: Kerri Ann Nesbeth

Kerri Ann Nesbeth via Twitter

Two bystanders were reportedly shot when NYPD police officers fired at a man on 8th Ave. and 42nd St. in Times Square on Saturday. A witness says this woman dropped to ground when the shots rang out.

SOURCE  –  Two NYPD cops opened fire at a man who was “agitated and flailing his arms” a block away from Times Square Saturday night — and instead struck a pair of innocent bystanders, cop sources said.

The 35-year-old man was acting erratically in the middle of Eighth Ave. at W. 42nd St. about 9:36 p.m. when he was confronted by the officers, witnesses and sources said.

A police source said the man “was agitated and flailing his arms.”

Witnesses heard four shots.

Witnesses and police sources say two bystanders were shot when police officers fired at a man on 8th Ave. and 42nd St. in Times Square.

Kerri Ann Nesbeth via Twitter

Witnesses and police sources say two bystanders were shot when police officers fired at a man on 8th Ave. and 42nd St. in Times Square.

A 35-year-old woman was struck in the lower right leg and rushed to Bellevue Hospital.

 

A 54-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the buttocks and was transported to Roosevelt Hospital.

It was unclear if the man being confronted by the cops was hit.

One witness told the Daily News that the man at the center of the shooting was first struck by a taxi.

Police cordoned the area around 42nd St. and 8th Ave. in Times Square.

Kerri Ann Nesbeth via Twitter

Police cordoned the area around 42nd St. and 8th Ave. in Times Square.

Kerri Nesbeth, 24, said an officer tried to move the man off the street when he started acting aggressively.

The cop opened fire and a woman next to Nesbeth dropped to the ground, she said.

“Blood was just leaking out of her pants,” Nesbeth said.

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