Police – NBC New York

Three people were hospitalized on Saturday night after a shooting in Times Square that left the youngest victim, a 4-year-old girl, injured and launched the NYPD on a manhunt for the shooter responsible.

A senior NYPD official with direct knowledge of the investigation confirmed to NBC New York that the three victims were unwitting targets of the shooting, and a preliminary investigation suggests that none of them are linked.

The girl was shot in the leg, a 24-year-old woman was shot in the thigh and a 44-year-old woman was shot in the foot, police said. All three victims were taken to nearby Bellevue Hospital and are expected to survive.

The shooting took place minutes before 5 p.m. near the corner of 44th Street W and 7th Avenue. Locals have been told to expect delays as police cordoned off the roads for their investigation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the shooting on Twitter, saying he was happy the victims were in stable condition.

“The perpetrators of this senseless violence are being hunted down and the NYPD will bring them to justice,” he tweeted. “The flow of illegal weapons into our city must stop.”

Police did not immediately release a description of a possible suspect.

This story is developing.

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