FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan — Photos released Tuesday show two men police want to speak with about a shooting that injured two people, one of whom was an innocent bystander, near Battery Park the day before, sparking chaos in a densely populated business district that’s also known to attract tourists.
Gunfire erupted on Washington Street and Battery Place around 3:10 p.m. Monday. Two men got into a heated dispute over scalped tickets when one of them fired a gun, police said.
A woman in her 30s, an innocent bystander, was walking down Washington Street when a stray bullet struck her in the leg, police said. She was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A man, 40, was grazed by a bullet in his stomach, police said. He was taken to a hospital by a driver, who, shortly after the shooting, police pulled over for driving erratically on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Police released photos of two men they want to speak with in connection with the shooting.
Both men appear to be between 30 and 40 years old. One of the men has a heavy build and was last seen wearing a black hat, black jacket, red plaid shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, police siad.
The other is bald and was wearing a blue sweat shirt, blue jeans, multi-colored sneakers and carrying a tan backpack.
NYPD Chief William Aubry said on Monday afternoon that detectives are questioning "many people," including witnesses and potential persons of interest. He said it appears there was a single shooter involved.
No arrests have been made as of Tuesday morning.
Shootings are almost unheard of in Battery Park, but violence related to ticket sales is not. PIX11 News has been reporting for years how hawkers have sold tickets for the free Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty and other attractions for inflated prices.
Last year, a tourist suffered a fractured skull when he was punched by a ticket scalper at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. After that, the NYPD announced a permanent Police and Parks Department detail in Battery Park.
To date, those officers have made dozens of arrests in an effort to crackdown on the con artists preying on tourists visiting downtown.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).