Three police officers were attacked with machetes near Times Square in New York
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The attack took place during New Year's Eve festivities near Times Square, New York.
A man attacked three police officers with a machete during New Year's Eve festivities near Times Square, New York. The suspect had time to hit two officers in the head before being shot in the shoulder.
The attack took place shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday evening, a few blocks from the heavily policed perimeter of Times Square, where people must submit to a search to gain entry.
Two of the officers involved had to be hospitalized: one with a fractured skull and the other with a severe cut. Their lives are not in danger, however.
Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect, but say he is is a 19-year-old young man. Nor is his life in danger.
There was some excitement near the scene of the attack when the shot fired at the suspect was heard, but the celebrations in Times Square continued as if nothing had happened. x27;was.
An investigation has been opened to shed light on this attack and to understand the suspect's motivations. The police, however, clarified that there was no longer any danger to the public.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams told a press conference that he was able to speak with one of the affected police officers while the latter was in hospital. to tend to his wounds.
“He was in good spirits, according to the mayor. He understood that he saved the lives of some New Yorkers tonight. »
The suspect who was arrested would have acted alone, according to the deputy director of the FBI office in New York, Michael Driscoll.
The New York police organize a major operation every year to ensure the safety of the crowds that gather in Times Square to welcome the new year. Thousands of officers are deployed in the area, many of them rookies.
One of the injured officers had graduated from the police academy no later than Friday, Mayor Adams pointed out.
During these celebrations, Time Square is accessible only through checkpoints where officers use metal detectors to spot arms. Large bags and coolers are prohibited. Barriers are also installed to prevent vehicle attacks.
However, the security perimeter cannot extend beyond a certain area. The attack took place on 8th Avenue, which is often crowded with a dense crowd trying to get to one of the official site entrances.