New York police fired on a man who was acting erratically Saturday night at a busy midtown intersection in
“OMG just witnessed
"This cannot be happening in front of me," she wrote in another Twitter post.
CBS New York reported that the man appeared to be emotionally disturbed, acting erratically and running in and out of traffic. The station quoted a witness to the shooting as saying, "The guy was, like, wandering in the street like he was lost — and he was a pretty big guy." He added: "He looked like he was on something."
Officers tried to corral the man, the witness said, but he resisted. "He dove in front of a car and it almost ran him over," said the witness, who was not identified by name.
Gunfire ensued and two bystanders were hit. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.
It was not clear if the man, who was taken into custody, sustained any injuries.
The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. outside the
Slightly more than a year ago in another part of Manhattan, nine bystanders were wounded when New York police officers opened fire on a man who had just killed a former colleague outside the
In that incident, captured on surveillance cameras on Aug. 24, 2012,
None of the bystanders wounded in that incident was seriously injured. At the time, authorities said that three of the pedestrians suffered bullet wounds and the others "were struck with fragments of some sort."