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NYPD searching for suspect who shot tourist in Times Square

Police patrol in Times Square following another daytime shooting yesterday in the popular tourist destination in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:09 PM PT – Monday, June 28, 202

A manhunt has continued in New York for a gunman who shot an innocent bystander in Times Square. The New York Police Department announced the gunfire erupted on Sunday after a dispute between the shooter and several street vendors occurred.

Surveillance video showed the suspect pulling out a gun and firing several shots before fleeing the scene. 21-year-old Samuel Poulin was hit in the back by a stray bullet and rushed to the hospital where he is in stable condition. Reports said Poulin is a recent military college graduate who was visiting New York City with his family.

“It was a loud pop. At first we thought it was firecracker,” bystander Sydney Santana explained. “…A lot of people visit from other places so I wish that didn’t happen at all, but it really is bad it happened in Times Square.”

WANTED for an Assault: On Sunday June 27, 2021 at approx. 5:15 P.M., in the vicinity of West 47st. and 7th Ave. @NYPDMTS a unknown individual shot a 21 year old innocent bystander causing serious injury Call @ 800-577-TIPS or DM NYPDTips Reward up to $3500

— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) June 28, 2021

This is the second shooting to happen in Times Square in the past two months. In May, a 4-year-old child and two women were shot after a group of men got into an argument, with one man pulling out a gun and firing at another.

The NYPD is now ramping up security in the city as more visitors are expected in the coming months.

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