During a Mother’s Day trip to New York City with her family, a woman was shot in Times Square and prayed that her wound would not be fatal.
“I literally screamed on the floor, ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die, I have a 2-year-old,’” says the mother.
According to Wendy Magrinat, a 23-year-old Rhode Island native, “When I was wounded, I told my husband to flee because he was the father of my child.”
Magrinat was one of three bystanders struck by bullets near West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.
A 4-year-old Brooklyn girl was shot in the shoulder, and a 43-year-old New Jersey woman was shot in the foot, according to police. They are not connected to each other in any way. All of them were said to be in good health.
The victims were fired during a dispute involving “at least two to four” individuals, according to Police Commissioner Dermot Shea during a Saturday evening news conference. “At least one person takes out a gun during this dispute,” Shea said.
A perpetrator is currently being sought by police. A person of interest was seen walking away from the scene in a video posted to Twitter by the Police Department.
The shooting was dubbed “senseless murder” by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who vowed that those responsible would be brought to justice. On Twitter, the mayor said, “The influx of illegal weapons into our city must end.”
In a tweet, he said, “The influx of illegal weapons into our city must end.”
Shea said that city police officers have been seizing weapons at an unprecedented pace in the last two years, blaming it on “poor policies.” He didn’t go into detail.
“How many more children must be killed before we recognize that bad policies have consequences, and we need action and policies on laws with consequences,” Shea said.
Magrinat told WNBC that she will most likely live the rest of her life with a bullet embedded in her thigh. “The doctors said they wouldn’t operate or remove the bullet because it would do further damage,” she explained.
“I never thought this would happen in Times Square with so many families around,” she told the Daily News, adding, “The person who did this is a crazy person.”