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    Times Square shooting leaves scam artist dead

    NEW YORK – A plainclothes cop chased a scam artist through sidewalks crowded with holiday shoppers and tourists Thursday in the heart of Times Square, killing the suspect near a landmark Broadway hotel after a gunfight that shattered box office and gift shop windows, police said.

    No one else was injured.
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    Great Job Boss! Only the Perp down, no other injuries. Times Square is always jammed with people, perp had a Mac 10, luckily it jammed!

    NYPD kills scammer near Marriot Marquis

    Published: December 10, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    (AP) - A plainclothes cop chased a Times Square scam artist through sidewalks crowded with holiday shoppers and tourists Thursday, exchanging gunfire that shattered Broadway theater and gift shop windows, before killing the suspect near a landmark hotel, police said.

    No one else was injured.

    The 25-year-old suspect was believed to be conning tourists along Broadway and West 46th Street when he was recognized just before noon by a sergeant who runs a task force that monitors aggressive panhandling, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

    The officer approached and asked the suspect and another man for identification, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. One of the men took off running into the streets and through the Marriott Marquis hotel's passenger drop-off area, Mr. Browne said.

    The sergeant pursued, and the man turned and fired with a stolen Mac-10 machine pistol that held 30 rounds; he got off two shots before it jammed, police said. The officer fired four times, striking the suspect in the chest and arm and killing him, Mr. Kelly said.

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    NEW YORK -- A panhandler opened fire on police in busy Times Square on Thursday afternoon and was shot and killed by an officer near the famed Marriott Marquis hotel, police said.

    No one else was injured. The 25-year-old suspect was recognized by a plainclothes sergeant on a task force that monitors aggressive panhandling, and took off running through to the hotel's passenger drop-off area, chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

    At some point, the man turned and opened fire on the officer, continued running, then turned and fired again, Mr. Browne said. The plainclothes officer returned fire, killing the suspect, Mr. Browne said.

    Dave Kinmahan, a tourist from Boston, was parking his car in a spot below street level at the hotel when he saw one man shooting another.

    "I was 20 yards away," Mr. Kinmahan said. He said he thought, "is this real or this a movie?"

    The hotel is located in the Broadway theater district and near the heart of Times Square. The area includes the Minskoff Theatre, home to the popular show "The Lion King," and bullets hit the theater ticket box near the Marquis, cracking the window.

    It's not clear how many shots were fired. Mr. Browne described the suspect's gun, which was recovered, as a pistol with a long clip.

    Dozens of police officers surrounded the popular hotel, taping off the valet parking area as tourists and holiday shoppers stopped to watch the commotion.

    Kathleen Duffy, a spokeswoman for New York City Marriott Hotels, said the shooting took place in a taxi pickup and drop-off area. Ms. Duffy said the shooting didn't involve any guests or hotel employees.

    Duncan Stewart, a Broadway casting director for National Artists Management Co., has a 12th-floor office that overlooks Times Square. He said he was on the phone when he heard three loud pops.

    "With the echo, I didn't quite know what it was, but within five minutes, there were cars, police sirens, cops running," he said. "It was chaotic."

    Mr. Stewart has worked in Times Square for the past three years. He's gotten used to seeing the weird and wacky, but almost never anything violent.

    "It's bizarre. It's one thing to see the Naked Cowboy day after day in Times Square, but a shooting is something different altogether," he said.




    DECEMBER 10, 2009, 12:00 PM

    Police Shoot and Kill Man Outside Hotel in Times Square (yea lets not forget to mention he was an armed man)

    By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT AND A. G. SULZBERGER

    Photos by John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times Police descended on the Marriott Marquis Hotel after a plainclothes sergeant shot a 25-year-old Bronx man who the authorities said took part in a scam to intimidate tourists.
    Updated, 5:50 p.m. | A plainclothes police sergeant fatally shot a 25-year-old man on Thursday morning outside the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square after confronting the man, who he believed had been a part of a scam to use CDs to intimidate tourists, the authorities said. The slain man was armed with a loaded Mac-10 semiautomatic machine pistol and had fired first, the police said.

    A major police response followed the shooting, which occurred around 11:15 a.m. at 46th Street and Broadway, a tourist-packed intersection, during a weekday morning when the streets were filled with shoppers.

    Emergency medical workers took the man to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he died. The man was not identified, but the authorities said he lived in the Bronx and was wanted on assault and disorderly conduct charges.

    A second man, his brother, was held by the police and being questioned at the Midtown South Precinct, the police said.

    Police Department Authorities said the gun was reported stolen Oct. 28.
    On the man’s body, police found a business card for a Virginia gun dealer, Gary A. Lewis, who runs Gary’s Guns & Transfers in Manakin-Sabot, a pair of villages northwest of Richmond.

    Hand-written on the back of the card, the police said, were these words: “I just finished watching ‘The Last Dragon.’ I feel sorry for a cop if he think I’m getting into his paddy wagon.” The gun had been reported stolen in Richmond on Oct. 28, the police said.

    Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Paul J. Browne, the chief police spokesman, offered a detailed account of the shooting.

    They said the sergeant — who is 41 years, with 17 years on the force — was ordinarily assigned to a detail charged with enforcing regulations governing street vendors and peddlers, but had been detached to work on a special crime-fighting unit.

    On Thursday morning, the sergeant noticed two men who he believed had been responsible for a scam to intimidate visitors: They would first approach the tourists, then ask them their names, write their names on the CDs and then demand payment of $10.

    The sergeant confronted the men outside of 1515 Broadway, south of 45th Street, asking them for a tax stamp that would demonstrate that they had the right to sell CD’s.

    One of the men ran north, then west on 45th Street and onto the driveway of the Marriott, toward 46th Street. The sergeant gave chase, ordered the man to stop. Instead, the man pulled out a gun. Shots were exchanged: the man fired two rounds, while sergeant fired four.

    Mr. Kelly would not say who opened fire first.

    John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times A gun and weapons magazine were recovered at the scene.
    The man’s machine pistol was recovered at the scene, and investigators quickly determined that one round had shattered a store window and that a second was fired toward the box office of the Marriott Marquis Theater. A third round lay on the ground, evidently because the gun had jammed. Inside the weapon were 27 live rounds of ammunition.

    Shannon Maggio, 32, a visitor from New Orleans, was on the 16th floor of the nearby Edison Hotel in a room facing the Marriott, with both windows open, when she heard yelling, and then an eruption of gunfire.

    “I heard it clear as day,” she said. “I’d never heard a gunshot before, but I knew it was a gunshot. Pow-pow-pow-pow — just like that. Then I heard a guy yell. Then sirens.” She added: “I froze. My hair stood on end.”

    The first 911 call about the shooting came in at 11:19 a.m., and emergency workers arrived a minute later, the authorities said. Preliminary accounts indicated that the shooting occurred at the entrance to the garage, which is under the hotel. A street-level driveway runs under the hotel the length of the block between 45th and 46th Streets.

    The hotel was sealed off after the shooting, and the police shut the entirety of Broadway from 45th to 46th Street to both traffic and pedestrians, and much of 46th Street to the east and west, as well.

    “Right now, the police are on property,” Kathleen Duffy, a spokeswoman for the hotel, which has 1,900 rooms and is one of the city’s largest hotels, said in a phone interview from outside the hotel. “It’s our understanding it didn’t involve any of our guests or any of our associates.”

    The intersection of 46th and Broadway is in the heart of Times Square. The hotel — and a giant Bank of America illuminated sign — is at the southwestern corner; a large new American Eagle Outfitters store is to the northwest; Father Duffy Square (and the TKTS booth that sells discounted Broadway tickets) is to the northeast; and a traffic island is to the southeast.

    In the shooting’s aftermath, there did not appear to be significant alarm, at least as judged by tourists who, far from avoiding the area, seemed to push forward to get a view of what had happened.

    Emer Rooney, 33, a visitor from Ireland on the last day of a trip to New York, walked with a friend from a nearby hotel to take pictures of the scene. She said she had never felt unsafe in New York. “I actually feel it’s very safe,” she said. “Look at all the police officers.” She cited the shooting, in fact, as one of the more exciting moments of her trip, including recovering lost luggage at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and getting tickets to the musical “Wicked.”

    A tourist from Australia, Suzanne Davis, 42, stopped to take images with a video recorder. “It’s my first day in New York, so it makes very real what you see in the movies,” she said.

    Nearby, vendors continued to sell tickets for double-decker bus tours.

    The people who sell the CDs are well known to the businesses and street vendors in the Times Square area. “They give people the CD, sign it then make people feel obligated to buy it,” said Greg Carroll, who does sidewalk promotion for a comedy club. “Normally they just stay on the corner and ask people but sometimes they do get in peoples faces.”

    Employees at Embassy Electronics said they had called the police repeatedly for what they described as sellers harassing tourists outside their store. “First they give it to you like its free, then when they sign it they ask for money,” said one employee who declined to give his name.

    Other people on the street expressed more sympathy. “They’re good guys, I see them all the time,” said James Evans, who helps run a table for the United Homeless Organization — which has itself been accused of being a sham — on Seventh Avenue and 46th Street. “All of them do the same thing, they give them a CD and then they ask for a donation.”

    “Nothing in life is free,” he added.

    Sewell Chan and Sharon Otterman contributed reporting.

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