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Shoplifters open fire on security guard in New York City’s busy Times Square hitting an innocent bystander in the leg and sending tourists fleeing for cover

A tourist has been shot in the leg in Times Square when a shoplifter opened fire at a security guard and fled while shooting at police.

Security stopped the shooter and two other teenagers as they left JD Sports Store on West 42nd Street and Broadway, New York City, about 7.15pm on Thursday.

The guard asked for their receipts and one of the group walked out of the shop empty handed, but the other two stayed

She grabbed a shopping bag that contained a coat they were allegedly trying to steal, and approached the other teenager.

Shoppers stand inside JD Sports Store in Times Square in the aftermath of a Brazilian tourist being shot inside the store by shoplifters

Security stopped the shooter and two other teenagers as they left the store and took a shopping bag with a stolen coat - then one of them fired at her and hit a woman shopping inside

Security stopped the shooter and two other teenagers as they left the store and took a shopping bag with a stolen coat – then one of them fired at her and hit a woman shopping inside

Cops were shot at as they chased after them, but the shooter missed the cops and there were no other reported injuries

Cops were shot at as they chased after them, but the shooter missed the cops and there were no other reported injuries

Suddenly, the youth whom she took the coat from pulled a gun from his shoulder strap bag and shot at her.

He missed and hit a 37-year-old Brazilian tourist in the leg, just above the knee, as she was shopping inside the store with a friend.

The tourist limped to a storage room and barricaded herself inside as the security guard left the teenagers and rushed to her aid.

One of the shoplifting trio stayed behind while the other two, including the one who left the store before the shooting, fled.

Cops were shot at as they chased after them, but the shooter missed the cops and there were no other reported injuries.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said he escaped into the 49th Street subway station, with CCTV recording him running on the tracks, then left the subway elsewhere.

‘Our officer draws his weapon but he cannot fire — too many people around, too many people ducking,’ he said. 

Shocked tourists and passersby stand in Times Square near the site of the shooting

Shocked tourists and passersby stand in Times Square near the site of the shooting

Heavily armed police patrol Times Square with the shooter still at large

Heavily armed police patrol Times Square with the shooter still at large

Investigators mark a tool believed to have been dropped by the teens as they fled

Investigators mark a tool believed to have been dropped by the teens as they fled

The pair left a trail of clothes at West 48th Street and Sixth Avenue to West 51st Street and Sixth Avenue as they fled.

Another teenager, a 15-year-old boy, was arrested and police said he told them he was staying at the nearby Stewart Hotel, which is being used as a migrant shelter.

Witnesses tied the victim’s shirt around her leg as makeshift tourniquet as staff and other shoppers huddled in the store’s back room.

The tourist was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in a stable condition and a policeman who ran out of breath while chasing the suspects was taken to New York-Presbyterian.

Police said the alleged gunman was last seen wearing a white baseball hat, white coat and white pants.

‘At this point, we have numerous resources scouring this area looking for that male,’ Chell said.

‘He shot at our cops not once but twice. He also shot an innocent female one time in the leg. That’s where we stand right now.’

Police officers were attacked when they tried to disperse a disorderly group in front of 220 West 42 Street about 8.30pm on January 27

Police officers were attacked when they tried to disperse a disorderly group in front of 220 West 42 Street about 8.30pm on January 27 

JHoan Boada is released from Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arraigned for allegedly beating up two cops in Times Square with a group of others

JHoan Boada is released from Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arraigned for allegedly beating up two cops in Times Square with a group of others 

The NYC landmark was the site of other ugly scenes in recent months.

Police officers were attacked when they tried to disperse a disorderly group in front of 220 West 42 Street around 8.30pm on January 27.

According to the NYPD, the migrants then started to attack them, kicking them in the head and body while the two officers tried to pin down one of the men, tearing off his sweatshirt.

The migrants then ran away, leaving the police officers on the ground while they made their getaway east on 42nd Street toward Seventh Avenue. 

Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel, 19, Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19, Wilson Juarez, 21, Yorman Reveron, 24, Jhoan Boada, 22, and Yohenry Brito, 24, were all later arrested.

They were charged with assault on a police officer, gang assault, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct but were released without bail. 

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The moment a migrant on a moped dragged a woman along a New York City street to steal her phone was caught in horrifying footage shared by police

The same group has also been connected to a migrant crime spree that targeted more than 60 women and stealing their phones. One of the thefts involved a woman being dragged by a moped as suspects grabbed her phone.  

Seven migrants were arrested by the NYPD after they allegedly went on a crime spree that saw them stealing wallets and phones from at least 62 women across the city’s five boroughs.

Police arrested at least seven migrants, all believed to be from Venezuela, in a safe house in the Bronx after executing a search warrant.

Police believe the gang is led by Venezuelan ringleader Victor Parra, 30, who had a tech guy hack the phones, use the devices to make fraudulent purchases and clear out victim’s bank accounts before sending them to Colombia.

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