Times Square shooting wounds visitor from Upstate New York, not intended target, NYPD says

Monday, June 28, 2021
Times Square shooting wounds visitor from Upstate New York, police say
(Previous coverage) Gunfire rang out in Times Square on Sunday evening during a dispute between vendors.

TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan -- Gunfire rang out in Times Square on Sunday evening during a dispute between CD vendors. The bullet ricocheted, wounding a 21-year-old man who was not the intended target, police say.

The shooting happened near 1535 Broadway at 7th Ave. and 46th Street.

A group of 5-6 CD vendors were arguing under the Marriott Marquis sign on W. 45th Street, according to police, when one pulled out a gun and fired a shot. The victim was with his family just a few feet west under the Starbucks sign.

Samuel Poulin was then shot in the back. The bullet was visible and did not pierce through his body. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

An eyewitness captured the moment Poulin was carted off in a stretcher after the shooting.

An eyewitness captures the moment a 21-year-old man was carted off in a stretcher after a shooting in Times Square.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

A 21-year-old man who was visitng NYC with his damily was shot in Times Square, police say.

A witness who heard the shot while across the street at Junior's said the man appeared to be with family or friends.

Sydney Santana, visiting from New Orleans, said she heard a loud pop.

Witness Sydney Santana describes the scene of a shooting in Times Square that injured a 21-year-old man from Upstate New York.

"Everybody was kind of confused, just looking around," she said. "They blocked off the street really quick so no one could get down the street."

Santana captured video of Poulin on a stretcher. He appeared to be alert and talking.

"So many people here, and of course a lot of people visit from other places, so I wish it didn't happen at all, but it's bad it happened in Times Square," Santana added.

No arrests have been made.

The last shooting in the Times Square area was on June 5, 2021 on West 37th Street and 6th Avenue.

Back in May, a shooting in this same area of Times Square wounded two women and a four-year-old girl. A suspect was later arrested in Florida.

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