NYC Mayor De Blasio threatens to "flood" Times Square with police officers after shootings

By Christina Horsten

New York, New York - After two shooting events in just two months, New York's Times Square will be "flooded" with police officers, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Numerous patrol cars secure Times Square in New York (stock image).
Numerous patrol cars secure Times Square in New York (stock image).  © 123RF/TEA

Tourist selfies taken at Times Square this summer may likely feature a police officer or two in the background.

"The bottom line is we are going to flood the zone in Times Square with additional officers to make sure this situation is resolved once and for all," de Blasio said at a news conference.

"We have more and more activity out there, more and more jobs coming back, more and more tourists coming back. They have to be safe and they have to feel safe."

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At the plaza, which is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, a 21-year-old visitor was shot and injured over this past weekend after a group of men argued nearby and one of them pulled out a gun, firing several times.

In May, one teen was killed and five injured after a shooting at a McDonald's in the Bronx. In the same month, stray bullets fired during a dispute struck three bystanders in Times Square, also hitting a 4-year-old child.

The police force is to be strengthened in favour of the safety of tourists and locals
The police force is to be strengthened in favour of the safety of tourists and locals  © Max Patzig

The number of violent crimes had risen significantly in New York in recent months.

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