Two NYPD officers brutally stabbed during New year's Eve celebrations near Times Square
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Two NYPD officers were attacked with a knife during New year's eve celebrations near Times Square. One of the officers was stabbed in the head. Witnesses said they heard gunshots and saw multiple cops rushing to the scene around 9:30 pm on New year's eve.
The attack took place on Manhattan's 8th Avenue between 51st and 52nd streets about a block outside the Times Square perimeter where people were gathered to ring in the new year. According to senior police officials, a preliminary investigation revealed that a man with a large knife, possibly a machete, carried out the attack on the street which was busy at the time, according to NBC New York.
One officer reportedly fired at the suspect and hit him on the shoulder, the Daily Mail reported. The injured were rushed to Bellevue Hospital. They are said to be in serious but stable condition. Videos show cops hurrying revelers from the bloody crime scene. Officers can be heard urging pedestrians to move away from the crime scene.
The incident took place just blocks away from where a homeless man was earlier stabbed eight times. The suspect has not been caught yet. A spokesperson for the NYPD said the 41-year-old victim was "uncooperative" after he was attacked and stabbed several times on the street close to west 40th street and 7th avenue. This victim too is being treated at Bellevue Hospital and is in serious but stable condition.
BREAKING: Emergency incident unfolding at New Years celebration in Times Square. Police officers have been shot and stabbed. pic.twitter.com/PLArN39tVQ— Matthew Ferreira | 🇺🇦 (@USPolitics2021) January 1, 2023
This year has seen fatal stabbings and slashings going up an alarming 37 percent in the Big Apple. The NYPD logged 96 blade-involved killings in 2022 compared with 70 for the same period in 2021. Stabbings and slashings are up by 10 percent in 2022, with 4,344 incidents compared to 3,954 in 2021.