Tourists visiting Times Square on Monday showing fear for their safety and the future of the city After the second shooting there in several months.
Pat Flanagan from Cleveland said: “Worrying about getting killed in a trance wasn’t in my travel plans when I booked this trip with my girlfriend. especially while touring the biggest attractions,” said Pat Flanagan of Cleveland.
“It’s actually more sad than scary because I want to see New York come back.”
Flanagan, 44, added: “Crime can be controlled if you control it. New York has learned how to do it. So why not do it now? It has the largest police department in the country and cannot stop people from shooting in Times Square.”
“Tourism is now making a comeback after COVID-19,” she said.
“Don’t kill it by letting the crime rampage.”
Arthur Escalera, a retired teacher from Harrisburg, Penn, who is vacationing with his wife, said Sunday’s shooting made it seem “You are in a city that has lost the authority of the police.”
“We remember Times Square like in the ’70s and ’80s and if we had tickets to a Broadway show, We would consider it a barbaric walk to walk down 42nd Street at night,” he said.
“But we never fear our lives. being robbed is fear But death by stray bullets? never.”
Megan Nash, a dental hygienist from Charlotte North Carolina who stayed at the hampton inn It’s just a few blocks away from the scene of the Sunday shooting. unaware of the incident until I learned about it from a reporter.
“That’s crazy, it’s really bad,” said the 30-year-old Nash.
“I know the crime is still smoldering. But I don’t think things It’s going to be so bad that people shoot guns in Times Square.”
Nash added that “I might choose another destination. I just really want to have fun Don’t worry about being randomly killed by stray bullets.”