NYC Cop Kills Suspect Near Marriott Marquis in Times Square
December 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM
The Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square is always near the action that's going on in the city but yesterday afternoon that action turned deadly when a New York City police offer shot and killed a suspect peddling CDs near the hotel's passenger drop-off area. The AP reports:
The officer, Sgt. Christopher Newsom, asked them for their tax identification, which allows peddlers to sell on the streets. But [Raymond] Martinez took off running, through to the Marriott Marquis hotel's passenger drop-off area.
Newsom pursued, and Martinez turned and fired with a Mac-10 9mm machine pistol that held 30 rounds; he got off two shots before it jammed, police said. The officer fired four times, striking the suspect in the chest and arms and killing him, Kelly said.
The New York Post
reports that Martinez, a 25-year-old aspiring rapper, was part of an aggressive tourist scam where they approach tourists, ask them their names, then write the names on the CDs and demand $10.
The bullets shattered a window at the Broadway Baby gift shop and a side window of the box office on the street. Yet despite the shoot-out and the controversy that is sure to follow whenever there is an officer-involved shooting that results in a death, things returned to "normal holiday bustle" at the hotel. One guest from Utah was even trying to take a picture of the crime scene.
So maybe that's a reason to stay near the action after all--crime scene photos!