Update: An NYPD spokesperson has confirmed that three people were shot on a street in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday afternoon. Although initial reports from the NYPD stated that two were shot (with a spokesperson later saying that a third person was merely "grazed"), officials now say three people were shot.
A 31-year-old man was shot in the left eye, while a 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were both shot in their left hands, according to a police spokesperson. All victims were taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition.
A police spokeswoman said the shooting occurred a little before 2 p.m. near Fulton Street and Gallatin Place on the Fulton Street Mall.
The spokeswoman said that the police were still investigating the shooting, and that the suspect is described as a black male wearing a white hat and red shorts.
Shooting scene is still very active appears to have been on the side of GAP pic.twitter.com/PDRdoUaNi9
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NY1 reports that stores in the area were evacuated.
R train rider Heather Doss told Gothamist that her train was held in Jay Street-Metrotech for 15 minutes or so around 2 p.m. when a dozen uniformed and plainclothes NYPD officers appeared and began searching each car one by one. Doss said that one officer told passengers in her car they were "looking for someone," and soon after that announcement they pulled someone off the train.
"He was hiding either in the car directly in front of me, or in between the cars I couldn't tell exactly, but we did see them pull him off the train. He did seem to come willingly," Doss said.
An MTA spokesperson confirmed that the NYPD held the R train in the station but referred further comment to the police.
The NYPD spokeswoman could not say whether the man they pulled off the train was a suspect in the shooting.
We'll update as we learn more.
Update, July 17, 2018: The police released details about the shooting in hopes the public can help them identify five people wanted for questioning. According to the NYPD, officers responding to a 911 call around 1:46 p.m. found 31-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the right leg, a 28-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the left hand and a 27-year-old female with 2 grazed wounds to both arms near Gallatin Place and Fulton Street. The male victims were taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition and the female victim was taken to Brooklyn Hospital in stable condition. Police believe that the 28-year-old "was involved in a verbal dispute with several unidentified individuals prior to the shooting."
Police are looking for five individuals, four males and one female: The first is a male last seen wearing a black shirt, red shorts, and black sneakers (police say he possessed them firearm); the second male was last seen wearing a red shirt, black shorts, and white sneakers; the third male was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers; the female was last seen wearing a blue shirt, gray pants and black sneakers; and the last male wanted for question was last seen wearing a black shirt, black jeans, and black sneakers. They are seen running in this security camera footage.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident or to the where about of these individuals is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.