Two Men Shot at Bryant Park Skating Rink
By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK and KENAN CHRISTIANSEN
Published: November 10, 2013
Pandemonium broke out in the heart of Manhattan on Saturday when two men were shot on the ice at the popular Bryant Park skating rink just after 11 p.m., the police said.
In this photo posted on Twitter, police attended to a person lying on the ice after a shooting at the Bryant Park skating rink.
At least one of the victims was taken away in an ambulance, officials said.
A witness who would not give his name said that he saw one man skate up to another, pull a gun and fire.
Three shots rang out, and some of the more than 50 skaters dropped to the ice. Others huddled in the skate rental tent and some fled screaming, tearing through the holiday shops in Bryant Park wearing nothing but their socks and carrying skates.
Dozens of police officers ran onto the ice, accompanied by paramedics. A young woman with long hair wailed, clutching a metal police barricade just outside the rink.
“My brother just got shot in front of my face!” she moaned as a friend tried to comfort her.
Christopher Guerrero, 19, was on the ice at the time. He said that one of the victims was a friend of his, a young man named Adonis who lived near him on 160th Street.
“I didn’t see no blood,” Mr. Guerrero said. “I asked ‘Are you O.K.?’ and he said, ‘I can’t feel my legs.’ ”
People at the scene said most of the skaters appeared to be teenagers.
The Bryant Park ice rink is Manhattan’s only free skating venue, though skaters have to rent skates if they do not have their own. The rink, which opened Nov. 1 and is a popular destination for tourists, is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.