(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a brand-new dangerous incident with an illegal immigrant – and an underage individual at that, a 15-year-old alien from Venezuela opened fire inside a Manhattan store after a security guard stopped him from an alleged shoplifting attempt.
The minor shooter was taken into custody for multiple violent offenses, including discharging a firearm at a law enforcement officer.
Jesus Alejandro Rivas Figueroa engaged in gunfire within a Times Square sporting goods store on Thursday evening.
Police reports indicate that the youth discharged rounds at the security officer before escaping onto the street.
A bullet superficially wounded a tourist in the store, a 38-year-old woman from Brazil, resulting in non-critical injuries, National Review reports.
Officials from the New York Police Department identified the teenager as a citizen of Venezuela and residing at a Manhattan facility for migrants. He had arrived in New York City last fall.
Rivas Figueroa is among the vast number of illegal immigrants who have entered the city during the tenure of the Biden administration, the report points out.
Authorities apprehended the suspect in Yonkers. He is also under suspicion for involvement in an armed theft in the Bronx and a previous shooting in Times Square last month, according to John Chell, the NYPD’s chief of patrol.
While the gunman was chased for several blocks in the densely populated area around Times Square, he discharged his weapon twice at an officer, as per NYPD representatives.
“Our officer draws his weapon. He cannot fire. Too many people around, there’s too many people ducking,” Chell recounted.
The gunman shot again from beneath his arm before fleeing into a subway station, where he was last observed.
Surveillance footage captured him moving to the tracks and then returning.
Chell noted that the assailant discarded his jacket while on the run. Broadcasts displayed police cordons around a white jacket and baseball cap found on the ground opposite Radio City Music Hall.
The incident led to a significant law enforcement deployment and search operation that temporarily restricted nearby traffic.
Authorities announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the apprehension of the gunman.
Since the spring of 2024, when border states commenced the transportation of migrants to “sanctuary cities,” America’s most populous city has accommodated over 100,000 illegal immigrants.