NYPD: Robbery attempt led to ice-rink shooting
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they have a 16-year-old suspect in custody for questioning in a shooting at a crowded Manhattan ice-skating rink.
Police say a teenager opened fired at the Bryant Park rink Saturday night, leaving two people wounded and blood splattered across the ice, after attempting to rob one of the victims of his coat.
The shooting sent skaters stampeding in all directions to safety. Authorities say a 14-year-old boy was struck in the back and a 20-year-old man was hit in the arm as the shooter opened fire in the popular park in midtown Manhattan, behind the main building of the New York Public Library. Neither injury is believed to be life-threatening.
Authorities say the shooter had approached the 20-year-old man and demanded his coat. The man refused to hand it over, and the shooter left. Police say the shooter then returned and started firing.
Charges are pending against the suspect, whose name authorities have not released.