NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager was in police custody Sunday after a shooting at a crowded Manhattan ice-skating rink that left two people wounded and blood splattered across the ice.
The violence late Saturday at the Bryant Park rink sent skaters stampeding in all directions to safety.
Authorities said a 14-year-old boy was struck in the back and a 20-year-old man hit in the arm as the gunman opened fire in the popular park between Fifth and Sixth avenues, behind the main building of the New York Public Library. Neither injury was believed to be life-threatening.
“It was terrifying; my legs were shaking,” said Raghuram Krishnamachari, who was dining with his family in a restaurant overlooking the park when they heard three shots being fired.
“We had a view of the whole thing, we saw it happening, and the first thing that came to my mind is, “It’s a crazy person with a machine gun and all he wants to do is kill as many people as possible,’” the Brooklyn resident said.
Krishnamachari and his family barricaded themselves in a bathroom at the glassed-in restaurant and called 911.
Charges were pending against the teen, whose name authorities did not release.
On a mellow, sun-drenched Sunday, the rink opened as normal and the park was again filled with skaters and other visitors enjoying the pre-holiday vendor shacks and eating at outdoor tables.
Many had no idea there had been a shooting the night before.
“I’m surprised — absolutely surprised,” said Allen Targhi, a Manhattan shoe salesman who comes to the park almost daily.
“I expect peace and love and happiness in this park; it’s the reason I come,” he said as he lounged in the sun.