Police officers attempting to subdue a disturbed man on Broadway accidentally shot two innocent women on Saturday night. The Broadway shooting occurred outside of a Port Authority Bus Terminal.
A 54-year-old woman was hit in the leg and broke two bones in her calf and a 35 year-old woman was hit in the buttocks.
Two officers were pursing the crazed man with a long rap sheet when he reached inside his pocket as they approached.
The 35-year-old man pulled his hand out of his pocket and “simulated shooting the officers” according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Witnesses claim that someone shouted “He’s got a gun!” before officers opened fire.
The first shot caused a woman to collapse on a sidewalk grate while she continued to hold tightly to her walker. That victim was soon after rushed to Bellevue Hospital.
The second victim was quickly transported by ambulance to Roosevelt Hospital.
Commissioner Ray Kelly visited both women at the hospital and offered his apologies.
The second victim left Roosevelt hospital while still wearing her hospital gown, she refused to give her name to reporters. The victim exited the hospital accompanied by an officer, a man in a suit, and a third man in street clothes. When asked what had occurred the man in the suit told the victim to remain silent.
Speaking about the crazed man Fabiola Ferere, 30, told the New York Post: “It was like he wanted to get hit.” He added, “The police literally could not control him. He had to be on something, like narcotics or bath salts.”
Kelly during a press conference added:
“The individual was blocking traffic and appeared to be attempting to be hit by cars.”
Police eventually subdued the man with a Taser and admitted him to Bellevue.
Downplaying the situation Kelly told reporters that both woman were in “good spirits” and said “They weren’t 100 percent certain of what happened.”
The officers who opened fire have been on the job for 18 months and three years on the job.
The Broadway shooting occurred on the same day that officers in North Carolina opened fire on an unarmed and innocent man.