The man suspected of shooting three people, including a 4-year-old little girl, in New York City’s Times Square over the weekend has been apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Florida.
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Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was found at a McDonald’s parking lot outside of Jacksonville, Fla., where he was found eating lunch inside a vehicle with his girlfriend, WLNY-TV reported. Authorities said Muhammad did not resist arrest.
The arrest ends a four-day manhunt for Muhammad, who fled New York after allegedly opening fire in Times Square on Saturday afternoon during a purported dispute with his own brother. All three people shot in the incident — a 43-year-old New Jersey woman, a 23-year-old Rhode Island, and a 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn — are expected to survive their injuries.
“If you can only imagine,” NYPD Chief of Detective James Essig told reporters in a Wednesday media conference. “It’s a daytime shooting, Times Square, thousands of hours of video cameras to be viewed, witnesses to be interviewed, the eyes of the world were on them, they were watching. And here we are: Four days later with an apprehension.”
Essig added, “Truly a great job by the New York City police detectives.”
Law enforcement agencies in several states assisted in the search for the Muhammad, who changed his appearance following the shooting by “shaving off some of his dreadlocks,” USA Today reported.
Muhammad and his girlfriend had earlier been spotted at a Walmart in North Carolina, buying dog food for two dogs the pair brought along with them. The girlfriend is considered a person of interest, but she has not been charged and is not in police custody, according to ABC News.
Muhammad’s brother told investigators that he was the target of shooting, but the motive is still under investigation. The brothers both purportedly sell CDs illegally as street vendors, and their fight reportedly began over turf in Times Square.
Suspect In Times Square Shooting Arrested In Florida