Cops shoot two bystanders on Broadway
Cops trying to subdue an emotionally disturbed man with a long rap sheet accidentally shot two female bystanders outside Port Authority Bus Terminal on Saturday night, source said.
Theodora Ray, 54, was struck in her leg — breaking two bones in her calf — as she stood leaning on her four-wheeled walker across from the terminal; Sahara Khoshakhlagh, 35, was grazed in her buttocks.
Modal TriggerOne of the victim’s of Saturday’s shooting lies wounded on the sidewalk.Twitter.com/ Kerri Ann Nesbeth
Two cops pulled off a total of three shots in the mistaken belief that the deranged Glen Broadnax, 35, was armed after he reached into his pocket as they approached him, officials said.
Broadnax took his hand out of his pocket and “simulated shooting the officers,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters.
“He’s got a gun!” witnesses said someone in the crowd shouted just before shots rang out.
One police bullet sent Ray sprawling to the sidewalk grate, still clutching her walker.
She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where Kelly visited her before speaking to reporters waiting outside.
Khoshakhlagh was taken to Roosevelt Hospital. Kelly visited her, too, prior to her release at 1:15 Sunday morning.
She left Roosevelt on foot, still wearing a hospital gown.
She left accompanied by a cop, a man in a suit, and a third man in casual clothes. When a reporter asked her to describe what happened, she was ordered not to speak by the man in the suit.
The chaos began a block from Times Square just after 9:30 p.m., when the hulking Broadnax ran into the bustling intersection of Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street.
“It was like he wanted to get hit,” one eyewitness, Fabiola Ferere, 30, of Queens, told The Post.
Police rushed to the scene, halting traffic and trying to subdue the crazed man, who somehow managed to avoid being struck by swerving and skidding vehicles