Times Square shooting – Aunt of toddler struck by bullet recalls horror of seeing ‘bleeding niece’ after gunman fired

THE aunt of the toddler who was hit when a gunman opened fire in Times Square has recalled the horrific moment she realized her niece was bleeding.

Four-year-old Skye Martinez was waiting outside Line Friends toy shop with her mom and aunt Danae Romero when she was struck by a stray bullet on Saturday.

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Skye Martinez, four, was one of three victims gunned down in Times Square on Saturday[/caption]

Danae, 16, told the New York Post that they fled the scene as soon as they heard the shooter firing but didn’t immediately realize that Skye was bleeding.

She said: “Once they went over was when they started shooting, so we ran and didn’t notice my niece got hit until we were at the corner and we could see she was bleeding.”

It’s reported that Skye, of Brooklyn, managed to stay calm despite the horrific ordeal.

The toddler is still in hospital but it’s unlikely that she will need surgery as the bullet “just entered and exited” her left leg.

Danae revealed that the shooting has left Skye’s mom shocked.

The 16-year-old said: “She’s upset. Nobody knew what was going to happen and she was like why did it have to be her [daughter] because she’s 4 years old.”

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Cops pictured probing the scene in Times Square following the incident[/caption]

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Veteran cop Alyssa Vogel has been hailed for carrying Skye to safety[/caption]

Incredible footage appears to show a hero cop carrying a child to safety during the horror gun rampage.

Cops scrambled to get the situation under control after the shots were fired outside the Minskoff Theater, where the Lion King is performed.

Officer Alyssa Vogel has been hailed for carrying Skye to safety.

She told the New York Post that the girl didn’t cry once “except when we were putting the tourniquet on. She screamed because it’s very painful.” 

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Young mom Wendy Magrinat was also shot by the gunman on Saturday[/caption]

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The 23-year-old victim screamed for help as she lay bleeding on the ground[/caption]

Vogel said: “I kept telling her [the child’s mom] to breathe, that I know what she’s going through because I have a baby myself. It was very difficult for her, very traumatic. She saw her daughter just get shot.”

With sirens blaring in the background, a group of officers can be seen running through the city streets amid the carnage.

The camera then zooms in on one officer who appears to be cradling a small child in her arms.

Skye was among three innocent bystanders who were shot by the gunman.

Wendy Magrinat screamed out for help as she lay bleeding on the ground after the shooter caused carnage in the tourist hotspot.

The 23-year-old gunshot victim was also waiting to go into the store on Broadway with her two-year-old daughter when she was struck by the bullet.

She told the New York Post: “I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety – but I couldn’t.

“The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor.

“I was screaming ‘I don’t want to die, please help me’ – and people were just recording, they weren’t helping.

“I was on the floor and a group just surrounded me, all with their phones recording. I understand people get in shock.”

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A man whom police says is connected to a shooting near West 44th Street and 7th Avenue near Times Square[/caption]

Wendy had traveled to the city from Florida for a reunion with her family ahead of Mother’s Day, and was queueing with her mom, stepdad, eight-year-old sister, her husband, and their tot, Elise, when she was shot.

Surgeons opted against removing the bullet from Wendy’s leg fearing it could make the damage worse.

Marcela Aldana, of New Jersey, was shot in the foot but she’s expected to recover.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea confirmed the gunfire rang out after a “dispute”.

He said: “It appears at this point time the three individuals that were shot are not known to each other and it appears all they are innocent bystanders.”

“At this point in time, we have one person of interest that we are seeking information. We have at least one shooter but it’s an active investigation.

“We have a dispute from numerous witnesses that involved at least two to four people.”

NYPD officers on the scene recovered three .25 caliber shell casings – and have circulated a photo of a man they want to speak to.

The investigation continues.

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