Times Square Shooting Suspect Arrested in Florida

A man wanted in connection with a shooting in Times Square on Saturday that left two women and a 4-year-old girl wounded has been arrested in Florida, according to the police.

The man, Farrakhan Muhammad, 32, was taken into custody in Florida by federal marshals after the shooting in the iconic tourism and transit hub set off a four-day manhunt, a police official said. He had driven there with an unidentified woman and it was not clear whether she had also been taken into custody.

The police official said a regional fugitive task force made up of city and state police, as well as federal marshals, had tracked Mr. Muhammad from a hotel room in Manhattan to the South, where he was spotted Tuesday in another state.

His arrest was first reported by Spectrum News NY1, which said that the authorities caught up to him in Jacksonville after his car ran out of gas because of service station closures amid a fuel shortage.

The police have said that Mr. Muhammad opened fire during an argument with his brother on Saturday, missing his target and striking the 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn in her stroller as she was shopping for toys with her family. A woman from New Jersey and a tourist from Rhode Island were also wounded.

The shooting came amid a spike in gun violence, and was in an area that New York officials are counting on to help feed the city’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It instantly pushed crime and public safety further to the front of this year’s mayoral race.

A day after the shooting, Andrew Yang and Eric Adams, two leading candidates in the race, gave separate news conferences at the site.

Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a former police captain, condemned the shooting and pointed to it as evidence that his focus on public safety as an issue of major importance to voters was justified.

Mr. Yang, a former technology entrepreneur, had a similar message. Like Mr. Adams, Mr. Yang has positioned himself as a candidate who does not embrace the “defund the police” movement.

Other candidates made similar appearances over the next few days to promote their own plans for tackling crime and a spike in shootings.

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