UPDATED: 6:56pm EST – More about the circumstances surrounding the shooting have become more clear.
Three men were shot Sunday in midtown Manhattan on West 31st Street blocks from Penn Station, Macy’s and the Empire State Building the NYPD says.
Witnesses saw the shooter and another man wearing skullcaps running towards Fifth Avenue after the shooting reports AM New York, a local news agency.
The shooters are still at large.
Witnesses told NBC news that “the shooting was sparked by an argument outside of a liquor store. The gunman opened fire, hitting the person he was arguing with and two other people. The relationship between the gunman and the victims wasn’t immediately clear.”
The three victims’ conditions are non-life threatening.
The shooting set the city on edge due to recent terror attacks in New York City.
This comes after a failed December pipe bomb terror attack and a few months after Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov, a terrorist, killed eight people and injured 11 more in downtown Manhattan in October by running them over with a box truck.
Saipov rented the truck from a Home Depot in New Jersey and drove the truck to lower Manhattan, where he drove the truck the wrong way down a bike path and continued for about 20 blocks running people over before the truck was stopped.
The driver then got out of the truck with a paintball gun and a BB gun, and was subsequently shot by NYPD.