15-Year-Old Migrant Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Tourist

Daily Report February 12,2024

A 15-year-old migrant has been taken into custody after allegedly shooting and injuring a tourist and firing at a responding officer in Times Square, New York.

According to New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Patrol John Chell, the suspect, identified as Jesus Alejandro Rivas Figueroa, was allegedly shoplifting with two of his classmates in a sporting goods store at about 7 p.m. when a female security officer confronted them and seized the goods from them.

According to Chell, the suspect allegedly brought out a .45 caliber handgun and fired at the security officer into a crowd. The bullet missed the security officer but struck a 37-year-old Brazilian female tourist.

NYPD officers chased down and arrested one of Rivas Figueroa’s accomplices. One of the officers chased Rivas Figueroa, who reportedly fired shots at him. The officers later arrested Rivas Figueroa and his second accomplice on Friday.

Chell also reported that Rivas Figueroa migrated to the U.S. from Venezuela in September 2023 and lived in a temporary migrant shelter in the Stratford Arms Hotel. He was a suspect in a January 27 armed robbery incident in the Bronx and a separate, previous shooting.

In a press conference, NYPD Deputy Chief Jason Savino alleged that the injured tourist was reportedly waiting in line to buy a pair of sneakers when the stray bullet hit her on her left knee. She was later treated at a hospital and discharged.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban described the shooting as a reckless one in a statement to reporters on Friday.

“The shooting incident last night in Times Square was way beyond reckless as the Times Square area is the busiest part of New York City,” Caban said. “Considering where these shootings took place, it’s an actual miracle that we’re not having a different conversation right now.”

Chell also added that the NYPD was the police department showing the most restraint in the world and NYC remained the safest city in the world.

“We’d like to prevent everything from happening, but the second-best thing is to be there, effect arrest, and keep the community safe,” he said.

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