Tourist struck in shoulder by stray bullet near Times Square: police

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Police on the scene at West 38th Street and Eighth Avenue after a tourist was struck by a stray bullet near Times Square on April 7, 2021, according to the NYPD (PIX11 News)

Police on the scene at West 38th Street and Eighth Avenue after a tourist was struck by a stray bullet near Times Square on April 7, 2021, according to the NYPD (PIX11 News)

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A tourist was struck by a stray bullet near Times Square early Wednesday, police said.

The 44-year-old Kansas man was shot in the shoulder shortly after 2 a.m. near West 38th Street and Eighth Avenue, according to the NYPD.

Police said they do not believe he was the intended target.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, officials said.

The victim told police he attended Tuesday’s Mets-Phillies game in Philadelphia and then took a train or bus back to New York, the Daily News reported. Authorities said he was headed to his hotel when he was shot.

Police later arrested 21-year-old Brannovan Martinez, according to the NYPD. He was charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm, and reckless endangerment, police said.

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