A tourist was struck by a stray bullet while walking with his family in Times Square late Sunday afternoon, police sources said — a block from where a 4-year-old girl and two others were struck by gunfire last month.
Samuel Poulin, 21, a Marine, was with his wife, sister and brother-in-law outside the Marriott Hotel on West 45th Street and Broadway when he was hit in the upper back by a ricocheting bullet just after 5:15 p.m., according to the sources and NYPD.
The violence erupted amid a dispute between two groups — possibly CD peddlers — with one man opening fire from a sidewalk, the sources said.
A dramatic surveillance photo obtained by The Post shows a gunman freely aiming a firearm in the bustling tourist hub.
The sources said a relative of the victim — who was visiting the Big Apple from upstate Northville for a baptism — pulled the slug out and gave it to police.
“We were sitting at Juniors when a loud pop happened and everybody ran for the hotel. They ran inside,” said a witness, Sydney Santana.
The witness said Poulin was alert and speaking with emergency workers before he was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Santana added that Poulin was alert and speaking with emergency workers before he was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“The police instantly marked off both sides of the street and they told us we couldn’t go anywhere,” said Santana, who is visiting from New Orleans.
An unidentified relative of the victim told The Post on Sunday night that he is doing “fine.”
“I’m going to the hospital right now to see him,” the woman said when reached by phone.
Poulin is a US Marine who recently graduated with honors from The Citadel — a military college in South Carolina.
Police recovered shell casings on West 45th Street outside the Minskoff Theatre, the sources added — one block from where shots rang out on May 8, leaving three people wounded.
Cops were on the lookout for two men believed to be responsible for Sunday’s shooting, which comes amid a surge in gunplay across the Big Apple.
The number of shootings and gun victims in the city have surged roughly 50 percent from a year ago, according to the NYPD.
“The news of another shooting in Times Square, in broad daylight, is a chilling reminder of the rising threat of gun violence across our city,” Mayoral hopeful Eric Adams said in a Sunday night statement.
“The spike in victims and incidents are not just statistics on a report; the trauma and bloodshed are real. We cannot have a real economic recovery from COVID-19 if our centers of business and tourism are perceived to be unsafe,” said Adams.
Additional reporting by David Meyer and Steven Vago
Metro | New York Post
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