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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Times Square shooter identified but still not located

New York Police have identified the Times Square shooter as 31-year-old Farrakhan Muhammad.

More and more police officers have been deployed across New York as authorities continue their search for the middle aged Times Square shooter. Muhammad is a New York City frequent—locals saying he has passed around his CD in the area before. Additionally, Muhammad has been arrested on several occaisons by the NYPD. According to reporting from ABC, “He was charged Oct. 17, 2018 with previously harassing a 25-year-old woman on the phone and sending her threatening text messages. On March 17, 2018, he was arrested for aggravated harassment in Midtown and on March 14, 2020, he was arrested for assault in Midtown. Between 2007 and 2015 he was arrested seven other times on various charges including robbery, grand larceny and fraud.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters it is only a matter of time before he is caught. De Blasio said the high profile shooting won’t stop the city’s recovery. Three innocent bystanders were shot, including a 4-year-old girl, a tourist from Rhode Island, and a 43-year-old woman. He says, “I’m sad, I’m really sad whenever there’s an incident,” the mayor said. “But I do not think it changes the basic view that people around the world have of New York City – that they know it’s an extraordinary place and they want to be here.” Police presence has increased since the tragic event, officers being added to Times Square and the 20 large subway stations, to name a few. Despite the overwhelming police response, NYPD commissioner Dermont Shea says that more police wouldn’t have stopped Saturday’s tragic shooting. 

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