Times Square Shooter In Custody

NEW YORK -

The suspect behind the shooting in Times Square that injured three innocent bystanders, including a child, has been arrested in Florida.

At the time, all the victims were rushed to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

Farrakhan Muhammad was taken into custody Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, after a four-day manhunt. The owner of the home he was staying at has been taking into questioning for potentially knowingly harboring a fugitive.

He had fled there after the shooting, NBC 4 reported.

According to police, Muhammad had previously been charged with harassment in March 2020 for pushing a tourist in Times Square.

At the time of the shooting, he was reportedly aiming for his brother, who he was arguing with. But Muhammad missed, spraying bullets into the crowd and sending tourists fleeing.

Police officers rushed the victims to safety and closed off 7th Avenue between 45th and 43rd Streets.

“How many kids have to be shot before we take this seriously?” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said, decrying the upswing of violence.

Afterwards, police stepped up patrols in the area.

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