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.