Times Square shootings followed Easter celebrations in the late hours of Sunday into the early morning of Monday, April 5, 2010. Four people were shot in three separate incidents in Mid-town Manhatten after police disbanded a violent crowd and arrested 54 people. Crowds leaving the New York International Auto Show, which opened Friday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, turned violent and fortunately the NYPD had already assigned additional manpower to Times Square to address security issues due to the car show. The close of the car show, this year at 7:00 p.m., has been the sight of past riots and violent incidents for several years. Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, spokesman for NYPD, addressed the issue with "There’s a lot of troublemakers that go to the auto show each year and sometimes they get in fights afterward.”
Authorities also shut down 41st street between Seventh and Eight Avenues to collect evidence, interview witnesses, and encourage people to "go home" following the shootings near Times Square, Madison Garden, and Pennsylvania Station. The first shooting was reported at 12:08 p.m. and involved a gunshot to a 21 year old male's leg, occurring at Eighth Avenue near West 41st Street. The man was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center. Witnesses maintain hearing two gunshots, those police reports indicate that only one gunshot was heard. The second shooting occurred at approximately 12:28 p.m. at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and West 51st Street. The victim was a woman who was shot in the face with a BB gun. The woman was transported to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. A third shooting occurred at 2:08 a.m. at Seventh Avenue and West 34th Street near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Two victims, a 19 year old female and an 18 year old, suffered a gunshot to the arm and leg respectively.
The victims of all of the shootings are reportedly in stable condition per police reports.