A teenage immigrant gunman who opened fire on police officers before shooting a woman at a Times Square apparel store on Thursday night was apprehended after a brief manhunt on Friday afternoon.
Particulars regarding the 15-year-old Jose Alejandro Rivas-Figureoa’s arrest remained undisclosed.
Authorities stated at a previous news conference that the adolescent was residing in a makeshift sanctuary subsequent to his departure from Venezuela.
According to NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell, he entered the United States in September and was residing at the Stratford Arms Hotel, which shelters migrants.
Jose Alejandro Rivas Figureoa, a 15 year old Venezuelan illegal who entered the US last September is wanted for numerous violent crimes including armed robbery, & shooting a tourist & opening fire on NYPD officers
Two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old comprised Rivas-Figureoa’s group, which entered a JD Sports location at West 42nd Street and Broadway, seized some clothing, and then attempted to flee. Chell stated that a security officer apprehended them and retrieved the merchandise.
According to investigators, Rivas-Figureoa failed to strike his intended target, and a Brazilian woman, aged 37, was injured in the leg by gunfire. Responding police officers apprehended one of the 15-year-olds after two of the adolescents escaped the scene.
Authorities say that as the pursuit continued on foot, the shooter opened fire once more at the officer before fleeing into a metro station and onto the tracks before approaching the street.
The 16-year-old was taken into custody on Friday morning.
Still unknown to investigators are the alleged involvement of the apprehended suspects in the shooting that occurred on Thursday.