Black Friday begat Cyber Monday. Hopefully, a new tradition for holiday shoppers hasn’t sprouted on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving.
“Police pursuing a suspect in Times Square shot and killed the man after he fired on them in an area busy with holiday shoppers and passersby,” the Associated Press reports.
The wire service notes that New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says “the suspect was killed at midday Thursday just outside the Marriott Marquis hotel”, which “is located in the Broadway theater district and near the heart of Times Square.”
The AP adds, “It is close to the Minskoff Theatre, home to the popular show ‘The Lion King.'”
The Daily News posted the following picture which shows police taking control of the scene after the shooting:
The Daily News adds, “The suspect, who is in his 30s, was blasted in the torso about 11:15 a.m. A second man was arrested, but not hurt.”
Sources said the sergeant, who was wearing his uniform, shot the gunman after the suspect fired his own weapon. It wasn’t immediately clear if he was firing at the sergeant or someone else. Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the scene – a parking area at the hotel on West 46th St., just off Broadway.
Police are investigating witness accounts that the man shot by police was a street peddler.
Times Square was bustling with tourists when shopping and sightseeing quickly to a backseat to chaos.
The New York Times reports, “A plainclothes police sergeant fatally shot a 25-year-old man Thursday morning outside the parking garage of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square following a crackdown on street vendors who were using counterfeit CDs to intimidate tourists, the authorities said.”
The official said the police officers were looking into reports of peddlers who had intimidated tourists with a ruse: They would approach the tourists, ask them their names, write their names on the CDs and then demand payment of $10.
The official said that the officer was approaching two vendors who he believed were perpetrating the scam. One of them fled toward the parking garage. As the officer gave chase, the man fired twice, shattering two glass windows of the hotel. The officer returned fire, mortally wounding the man.
‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid
On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to have reached the limit of his capacity to defend his own party when a gang of House Republicans raided a sensitive, compartmented information facility where an impeachment hearing was taking place and illegally bringing in recording equipment. Initially Graham criticized the Republicans behind the stunt, calling it "nuts."
Later, however, he changed his mind and decided the demonstration was fine with him, offering this explanation:
I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street.
‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado
The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.
Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.
It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.
Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election
New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.
"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.
"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.