Originally published on November 10, 2013
Two men were shot on Saturday night at the popular Bryant Park skating rink in New York City.
According to a witness quoted by the New York Times, the shooter was standing among tourists outside of the skating rink.
He first allegedly took out his gun and scanned his victims. He then fired three shots before running away.
According to Reuters, "Many of the more than 50 skaters dropped to the ice, and others fled screaming, tearing through the holiday shops in Bryant Park carrying their rented skates with only socks covering their feet.
"Many tried to escape through the skate rental tent, but were delayed when they were asked to present claim tickets to recover their bags."
Photos and videos posted online showed one man lying on the ice with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
One of the victims was shot in his legs and the other one in his torso. Both are now in stable conditions at Bellevue Hospital Center.
People at the scene said that most of the skaters were teenagers.
According to police quoted by Reuters, the suspect or suspects were at large.
The New York Times reported on November 10 that police led a man out of the park in handcuffs at around 12:45 a.m.
The rink, in Bryant Park near the New York Public Library, is surrounded by gift shops and stalls, and draws crowds of people who wait in line to skate free of charge.
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