A random machete attack on three police officers on Saturday night near the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration resulted in gunfire, according to the police.
At about 10:11 p.m., near the juncture of W and Eighth Ave. Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell reported that a 19-year-old guy attempted to strike a machete into a police officer’s head on 52nd St.
After successfully swinging his machete at two further officers, the assailant injured both of them, according to Sewell.
According to Sewell, one of the hurt policemen, an eight-year veteran, had a head wound. According to the commissioner, the second officer, who graduated from the Police Academy on Friday, sustained a “significant laceration” and a skull fracture.
According to Sewell, “one of the police discharged their service weapon, injuring the victim in the shoulder.”
Workers at a nearby halal restaurant heard what they initially believed to be explosions but may have been bullets.
“The only sounds I heard were, Bang! Bang! “Prodip Bisws, one of the employees, recalled. “Oh my god, the people were running.”
The man with a machete was immediately apprehended by police, who were on the spot.
The suspect and the officers were both brought to Bellevue Hospital. According to Sewell, all three were in stable condition.
Agents from the FBI were present. Although there didn’t seem to be an “ongoing” danger, Assistant FBI Director Mike Driscoll told reporters that the agency was “working to establish the nature of this attack.”
Mayor Adams commended how the police handled the event at a news conference with Sewell and other law enforcement representatives.
Adams praised the officers for their “admirable, professional” response.
The incident happened in Times Square, just outside the perimeter of security, where a large crowd had assembled to see the traditional ball drop on New Year’s Eve.
Police searched partygoers for illegal items like booze, big bags, and firearms.
In a previous incident, two men were detained after a knife fight broke out at the intersection of W around 8:45 p.m. Bryant Park and 42nd Street and 6th Avenue are both outside the Times Square security perimeter.
Both individuals were arrested after one of the men was brought to Bellevue Hospital.