A woman was shoved toward a moving train at the Times Square subway station at the height of Monday's morning rush, police said, with a disturbing video showing the attack that is believed to be unprovoked.
Authorities said a woman pushed the 42-year-old victim into the northbound 1/2/3 line train as it pulled into the 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue station just after 8:15 a.m. The suspect can be seen on video getting up from a bench before pushing the woman right as it came speeding past them.
No words were exchanged between the woman and the suspect before the shove, investigators said. While the victim did not fall onto the tracks, police said that she smacked her face against the train and fell back onto the platform. She was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Detectives canvassed the platform and spoke to witnesses, but the suspect was able to get away. Police are still looking for the woman who they described as in her 30s and was last seen wearing a multicolored scarf, black shirt and beige pants.
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There was no indication that subway service in the area was affected by the investigation into the shove. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Hours later, the NYPD responded to reports of gunfire at the same transit hub, though the case appeared accidental.
One police officer at the scene near 40th Street and Seventh Avenue around 12:20 p.m. told News 4 it appeared the gunshot victim inadvertently wounded himself, though an investigation is ongoing. No information on the potential legality of that weapon was immediately available.
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There's also no indication the two cases are connected. The NYPD said officers were on scene both above- and below-ground as they investigated the shooting. They said a man in his 30s appeared to have been shot in the leg on a southbound platform.
The officers who responded to the shooting were the same officers said to have responded to the earlier subway shove