On Saturday, 3 innocent bystanders were shot in New York City during a street dispute, causing utter havoc in the city...
And now, just a few days on from the terrible ordeal, footage has emerged showing a female NYPD officer running away with a wounded child in her arms.
Which, of course, has touched so many hearts during such a terrifying time.
Thank you NYPD for trying your very best to keep us safe even though it is becoming an impossible job these days. More power to you♥️— Eager (@EagerBev) May 9, 2021
She caring the kid as her own .— djibril ndiaye (@djibrilcabo) May 9, 2021
Thank you NYDP mothers and all mothers
Best wishes to the kid - a scarring experience and so ridiculous it should happen in a modern city and particularly in Times Square of all places— Reduce litter (and homlessness) in East Harlem (@HarlemUp) May 10, 2021
Every day heroes!— Simply Susan (@NeverWasABot) May 10, 2021
Thankful for the thin, blue line. 💙
That's why the NYPD is referred to as "Finest" - It's really for a reason. This officer epitomizes that.— idrgaff (@belay_the_delay) May 10, 2021
Another Hero in 💙….NYPD’s FINEST🇺🇸💙🇺🇸— Mary Shelley-Weaver (@shelley_weaver) May 10, 2021
Amazing job!! Thank you to those officers and EMS that made sure that little girl survived!! #ThankYouNYPD 🙏— AnAvocadoGrowsInBrooklyn (@Erichha_Hals) May 10, 2021
We are grateful for good 🚔🙏— In Recovery @ 🏠 (@FOInewsteam) May 9, 2021
It is a shame that NYC is no longer safe for anyone.— George Leiter (@LeiterGeorge) May 10, 2021
Now, this terrible incident kicked off in Times Square on Saturday, May 8th.
ABC7 reported a man shooting a gun indiscriminately into a crowd of people at 45th Street and 7th Avenue.
3 innocent bystanders were shot...
Including a 4-year-old girl who was out toy shopping with her parents, a tourist from Rhode Island, and a forty-three-year-old woman.
It is believed the gunman is thirty-one-year-old Farrahkah Muhammad...
WANTED in connection to shooting three people near West 44th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan on May 8, 2021. @NYPDDetectives need anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of this individual to contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. All calls are anonymous. pic.twitter.com/qciBGCR6AK— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 9, 2021
And authorities believe he was targeting his brother after a dispute that turned into a shooting.
Chaos immediately unfolded when Muhammad started shooting in the busy tourist area...
And thankfully, NYPD were quick to attend the scene and call for backup and medical help for the victims.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday the 3 victims are all out of the hospital and "it looks like they will make a stronger recovery."
"We saw a really painful incident in times square Saturday, horrible and unacceptable," the mayor said.
"I want to thank all the men and women of NYPD, immediately on the scene to protect everyone there and address the situation. Thank God of the 3 people who were hit by the gunfire are all out of the hospital and it looks like they will make a strong recovery."
If it wasn't for the heroic acts of NYPD that day, things could have turned out a lot worse...
Especially for the 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg.
Footage has emerged of Officer Alyssa Vogul running through the packed streets with the little girl in her arms...
Who has since been identified as Brooklyn-local Skye Martinez.
"She's pretty tough,'' the child's aunt, Danae Romero told The New York Post on Sunday.
"Even when we noticed [she was wounded] when we were at the corner, she wasn't crying."
The footage of Officer Vogul running with Skye cradled in her arms is truly remarkable; one would think it was her very own child.
Thankfully, little Skye was swiftly treated at a nearby hospital and she is expected to make a full and healthy recovery.
You can watch the heroic footage here:
Whether they’re rushing toward the danger to help save a little girl or rushing home to family after their tour this #MothersDay — the dedication of NY’s Finest knows no bounds.— Deputy Commissioner John Miller (@NYPDDCPI) May 9, 2021
And we wish the victims of this terrible crime a speedy recovery.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.