More New York police officers will patrol Times Square after a shooting last weekend that injured three people, including a child, as Mayor Bill de Blasio seeks to reassure visitors that the city is safe as it reopens after the yearlong coronavirus pandemic, reports Reuters. De Blasio said the New York Police Department would add an unspecified number of officers from the Critical Response Command, one of the force’s first lines of defense against a terrorist attack, to patrols in Times Square.
Police on Monday were still searching for a man they identified as a “person of interest” in the shooting that wounded innocent bystanders and that authorities say stemmed from a domestic dispute. Among those wounded was a child from Brooklyn whose family brought her to Times Square to buy toys, said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. She and the two other victims –a 23-year-old female tourist from Rhode Island and a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey — were not related to one another or to the shooting itself. DeBlasio insisted that the shooting would not affect tourism that has been picking up faster in response to his vow to open up the city by July 1.