A 4-year-old girl was shopping in Times Square with her family when she was struck in the leg by a bullet.
NYPD officer Alyssa Vogel, a mother herself and former teacher, sprang into action by picking up the wounded girl and rushing her to safety.
“Once I heard ‘baby,’ I sprinted,” Vogel said. “I was just treating her as if she were my own child. I really just wanted to get her to the hospital as soon as possible.”
The Brooklyn girl was with her family buying toys when she was shot, along with two other bystanders from Rhode Island and New Jersey who were shot in the leg and the foot respectively.
After rushing the child to safety, Vogel applied a tourniquet to her bleeding leg.
“She was screaming. It was very painful. It’s heart-breaking hearing her scream like that, but we had to help her,” Vogel said.
Vogel, who is being called a hero, said the girl was a “rock star” and was calm aside from when she applied the tourniquet. Her parents were of course shaken.
When asked if she did anything different that night, she said, “I definitely went home and hugged my son a little tighter that night.”
According to ABC7, the suspect was identified as Farrakhan Muhammad, who was apprehended and made his first court appearance, where he was ordered to be held without bail.
“He tried to run, went out of state, but the NYPD always is able to find people,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This is something everybody needs to understand. Anyone who means to commit a crime, understand the NYPD, more than any time in previous history, is doing an outstanding job tracking down anyone who commits an offense against New Yorkers.”
Detectives were able to locate him via surveillance video, where they saw him stay at a hotel and then leave town.
All three shooting victims have undergone surgery and are now out of the hospital recovering.