Horrifying surveillance video shows the moment when a woman pushed a fellow commuter into a train at the Times Square subway station on Monday morning.
The victim, a 42-year-old woman, was shoved from the platform and into the train as it approached the station in what is believed to be an unprovoked attack.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition after sustaining facial injuries during the attack.
The suspect — who remains at large — instigated her attack just hours before a man shot himself in the leg in that same subway station.
Monday’s shooting is the third to hit the global tourist hot spot this year.
Horrifying surveillance video shows the moment when a woman pushed a fellow commuter into a train at the Times Square subway station on Monday morning
Video shows the suspect sitting on a bench and, as the train comes into view around 8.15 am, she stands up and initiates her push. She then fled the scene
The suspect is described as being in her 20s or 30s and was last seen wearing black sneakers, beige pants, a black sweater and a multicolored scarf
One subway rider, who witnessed the shoving, said the crime at the station is not surprising.
‘This is like what it used to be like in the 80s,’ the individual told ABC 7.
‘People are wicked to be able to push someone on a moving train, and for what? I don’t know, but it’s horrible,’ passenger CJ Stewart told CBS 2.
According to witnesses, the suspect timed her attack.
Video shows the woman sitting on a bench and, as the train comes into view around 8.15 am, she stands up and initiates her push. She then fled the scene.
Witnesses said the attack serves as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings.
‘Definitely a good reminder to keep your eyes peeled and be on your toes in New York,’ West Village resident Tyler Sparling said.
‘We’re all usually in our phones and stuff, or listening to music. So we’re not always 100% aware,’ echoed Bryana Yard, of Brooklyn.
Police taped off the portion of the platform where the incident occurred and continuing to search for the suspect.
She is described as being in her 20s or 30s and was last seen wearing black sneakers, beige pants, a black sweater and a multicolored scarf.
Officers were called to the Times Square station again on Monday, around 12pm, for reports of shots fired.
A 39-year-old from Brooklyn was urinating in the corner of West 40th Street and Seventh Avenue, near a McDonald’s and sushi restaurant Wasabi, when he was shot in his right leg, according to the New York Post.
Eyewitnesses told ABC 7 that the shots went off inside the subway station, with the man seen stumbling up to ground level afterwards, before re-entering the station to ask for help.
The bullet sent him stumbling down into a nearby train station.
A person was shot in Times Square early Monday afternoon – the third instance of gun violence in the busy tourist hub this year, police said
The man’s injuries are not fatal and no one has been arrested in the case, police say. His shooting is the third to hit Times Square in 2020
Video from the scene shows officers carrying an injured person into an ambulance as passersby cross the bustling intersection.
Police say his injuries are not fatal and no arrests have been made so far.
Authorities have not named the man, who is likely to face criminal charges as a result. He is reportedly not cooperating with investigators.
Monday’s incidents come as overall crime in New York City dropped in August after a summer crime wave that had city officials pointing fingers at each other, according to the latest official monthly figures from the NYPD.
Total crime dropped by one percent in August compared to August 2020, with the biggest drops being in burglary, -24 percent, and shooting incidents, -30.7 percent.
The trend may be reversing, as weekly numbers ending on Sunday show that felony assaults are up by 7 percent, shootings are up by 1.6 percent and rapes are up by 2.2 percent as a whole compared to the same time last year.
Felony assault, rape and shootings were all up through October 3 compared to last year
Monday’s shooting is the third such incident in Times Square this year.
In May, three unrelated bystanders were hit by stray bullets in the busy tourist hub after police say a man started shooting indiscriminately during an argument with someone else.
A four-year-old girl was struck in the leg, a 24-year-old woman was hit in the thigh and a 44-year-old woman was shot in the foot, police said. All were expected to survive.
‘This little girl was so strong,’ Officer Alyssa Vogel told WNBC. ‘She didn’t even cry once except when we were putting the tourniquet on. She screamed because it’s very painful.’
In July, 16-year-old Avon Darden turned himself in and was charged with attempted murder after shooting US Marine Samuel Poulin, 21, in the back.
Poulin was not seriously injured.
The young soldier had recently graduated from The Citadel military college in South Carolina with a commission in the US Marine Corps.
Times Square, one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, sees an estimated 50 million visitors annually. About 330,000 people pass through it daily.
The New York City Police Department has also reported numerous attacks in subway stations in the last few weeks.
On September 13, a 32-year-old was attacked after she confronted a man for shoving past her on the escalator at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station.
According to the Daily News, the woman told her attacker to ‘say excuse me.’
He responded ‘I did’ and kicked her in the chest.
The victim fell backwards to the bottom of the escalator as the suspect continued up the escalator and out of the station.
Police say the woman suffered cuts and bruises to her back, arms, legs, right knee and right thigh and trauma to her left ankle.
In July, 16-year-old Avon Darden (left) turned himself in and was charged with attempted murder after shooting US Marine Samuel Poulin, 21, (right) in the back, in Time Square
In August, a similar incident occurred at the Union Square station, where a homeless man was caught striking a victim in the back of the head with a hammer, before leaving him bleeding on the platform after the victim looked at him in the ‘wrong way’
Xing Zhou, 59, (left) was on her way to church when Vladimir Pierre, 41, (right) allegedly hit her
Earlier last month, a deaf woman fell onto the subway tracks after she was hit in the head by a homeless man who had been arrested for sucker-punching another victim just four days earlier.
Xing Zhou, 59, was on her way to church on September 5 when a man hit her in the head at Manhattan’s Union Square subway station. She lost her balance during the attack and fell onto the tracks.
Two bystanders helped Zhou off the tracks and waited with her until help arrived. She was taken to the hospital and given medication for her pain.
Police later arrested Vladimir Pierre, 41, in connection to the attack.
In August, a similar incident occurred at the Union Square station, where a homeless man was caught striking a victim in the back of the head with a hammer, before leaving him bleeding on the platform after the victim looked at him in the ‘wrong way.’
That incident occurred one day after another woman was randomly attacked on a subway platform and beaten with a metal pole while waiting for the G train.