The man accused in a shooting in New York City's Times Square that injured three bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, has been captured in Florida, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Farrakhan Muhammad was identified as the suspect in the Saturday afternoon shooting on West 45th Street and 7th Avenue. Senior New York City Police Department officials said detectives think he was trying to shoot his brother but missed, hitting the pedestrians in the busy tourist hub.
Detectives tracked Muhammad by checking cameras that showed him leaving Times Square, going to a hotel on 42nd Street, changing clothes and heading out with his girlfriend, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday afternoon.
Muhammad and the unidentified woman were spotted Tuesday at a Walmart in Fayetteville, North Carolina, before they were eventually spotted in Florida, police said
The pair were confronted at a McDonald's in Starke, Florida, about 50 miles southwest of downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
Law enforcement caught up with them as they ate in their car on Wednesday afternoon, bringing to an end a dayslong search for the suspected shooter.
Bradford County Sheriff's Office Col. Brad Smith said the arrest was "uneventful." Muhammad is being held at the Bradford County jail.
Muhammad's girlfriend, who has not been arrested, was being questioned to see if she knew he was wanted and whether she was knowingly helping him hide, the two law enforcement officials said.
"We were all there Saturday night in Times Square when three innocent people were shot senselessly," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told reporters. "While there is no joy today, there is justice."
Police released video of a person of interest hours after Skye Martinez was struck in the leg Saturday while shopping for toys with her family. Wendy Magrinat, 23, was struck in a thigh, and Mạrcela Aldana, 43, was hit in a foot, officials said.
By Tuesday, the department identified Muhammad as the suspect in the shooting and circulated his photo on social media.
Details about the charges against Muhammad and when he'll be returned to New York were not immediately available.
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