'It’s scary going out.' Commuters wary of traveling into NYC after violence

NYPD has released a surveillance video of a man they say he is a person of interest in Saturday's Times Square shooting.

News 12 Staff

May 10, 2021, 10:16 AM

Updated 1,103 days ago

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As police continue to hunt for the gunman involved in this weekend's shooting in Times Square, many Westchester commuters are heading into the city for the first time since the pandemic.
Many commuters tell News 12 that considering all that's happened in the past year, this weekend's shooting in Times Square is scary but not all that surprising.
"COVID is one thing, but the violence, it's scary. It's scary going out," says Kevin Rucker, of New Rochelle. This was his first time taking the train to Manhattan in a year.
Between this weekend's shooting and the increase in violent crime in the city within the past year, Rucker says he's a bit on edge. "It seems like everywhere there's violence, everywhere you go. So, it's definitely nerve-wracking, but you have to go to work and get paid," says Rucker.
As the COVID-19 numbers drop and more people from the Hudson Valley begin commuting again, many say they wonder if it's safe to go back.
"The fighting and the violence is just out of control…It's sad to see this going on especially with what we've gone through in the last 18-19 months," says Matt Feeley, of New Rochelle.
NYPD has released a surveillance video of a man they say is a person of interest in Saturday's Times Square shooting.
According to investigators, shots were fired around 5 p.m. after a reported argument between a group of men, possibly family members.
Witnesses told police the men were arguing when one pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Three innocent bystanders were struck by bullets, one of them a 4-year-old Brooklyn girl. An NYPD officer could be seen running with the little girl in her arms after the shooting. A 23-year-old Rhode Island woman and a 43-year-old New Jersey woman were also hit with gunfire. All three victims survived and are reported to be in stable condition.
This comes as city officials are trying to convince people it's safe to come back. "We have to get control back, and do the right thing and protect our city," says Lisa Monet Lambert, of New Rochelle.


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