Times Square Shooting Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

A man suspected of Times Square Shooting three individuals in New York City’s Times Square, one of whom was a toddler, faces a slew of charges, including attempted murder.

Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was apprehended in a McDonald’s parking lot in Florida on May 12 after police claim he shot Wendy Magrinat, 23, Mrcela Aldana, 43, and Skye Martinez, 4.

According to NBC New York, he made his first court appearance digitally in Florida and asked a court-appointed attorney to assist him with the extradition process.

The New York City Police Department verified Muhammad’s detention on Friday. He faces three charges of reckless endangerment, three charges of attempted murder, three charges of assault, four charges of unlawful use of a firearm, and three charges of attempted murder.

Detectives suspect Muhammad was aiming his gun at his brother at West 45th Street and 7th Avenue, but he missed and shot three individuals in the crowded tourist district. Martinez was shot in the leg while out shopping with her family for toys.

According to investigators, Magrinat was hit in the thigh and Aldana in the foot.

Police recognized Muhammad as the alleged gunman a few days after the May 8 incident. Investigators were able to monitor him leaving Times Square, traveling to a hotel on 42nd Street, changing clothes, and departing with his girlfriend thanks to surveillance cameras.

lgnews-Times-Square-ShootingPolice said Muhammad and his girlfriend, Kristine Vergara, were last seen on May 11 at a Walmart in Fayetteville, North Carolina, before being apprehended in Florida.

At a McDonald’s in Starke, Florida, roughly 50 miles southwest of Jacksonville, the two were approached. They were apprehended by law enforcement while eating in their vehicles.

During a court hearing earlier this month, Vergara acknowledged that she drove Muhammad south to avoid authorities.

Muhammad’s attorney information was unavailable.

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