Shooting Near Battery Park Injures Innocent Bystander

LOWER MANHATTAN — Two people were struck by gunfire Monday afternoon in a shooting near Battery Park in lower Manhattan, allegedly when a dispute turned violent in the area packed with professionals, students and known to draw tourists, officials said.

The shooting happened about 3:15 p.m. near Battery Place and Washington Street, in Manhattan’s Financial District, officials said.

Two men were fighting in the street when one of them pulled out a gun and opened fire, according to Chief of Manhattan South Detectives William Aubry.

An innocent bystander identified as a woman in her 30s suffered a gunshot wound to her ankle and was taken to a hospital, Aubry said.

A second person — a man in his 40s — suffered a “surface wound” to his abdomen and was taken to a hospital, officials said. It’s unknown if that individual was also an innocent bystander or if the was involved in the shooting.

Neither of their injuries were deemed life-threatening.

Aubry said detectives are questioning “many people,” including witnesses and potential persons of interest. He said it appears there was a single shooter involved.

No arrests have been made.


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