A Times Square shooting of what NYPD officials are calling an "emotionally disturbed" man wounded two female bystanders at a nearby corner who were witnessing the incident, reports CBS News on Sept. 15.
Officers shot at the 35-year-old Glenn Broadnax at least three times Saturday night just one block west of Times Square. Cell phone video taken by a witness and uploaded to YouTube shows police officers pursuing Broadax into busy intersections.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that Broadnax was apparently trying commit suicide by walking into oncoming traffic and lying down in the road in front of the Port Authority bus terminal.
As police were on foot chasing Broadnax, he mimicked shooting at the officers, causing the police to discharge their weapons while they chased him. While running and firing, two women were struck by stray bullets with non-life threatening injuries. A 54-year-old woman was shot in the knee and a 37-year-old woman was grazed in the backside. Broadnax was not hit by the bullets; he was eventually subdued with a police taser.
“At some time he reached into his pocket, took out his hand and simulated as if he was shooting at them,” Kelly said.
Another witness to the incident said Broadnax wasn’t trying to kill himself, but that he had been hit by a cab driver, and was running through the intersection attempting to find the cabbie.
“The guy was in the middle of the street in oncoming traffic and the cops were trying to get him out of the road,” witness Kerri-Ann Nesbeth said. “I hear stories when people don't even know they are shot, so I checked myself and realized it was all clear.”
Broadnax was taken to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, and CBS News reports he has been charged with "obstructing governmental administration, menacing, riot, criminal possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct."