Dozens of police were seen running in Times Square with their guns drawn this afternoon. It wasn't a scene from a movie but real life when a street person swinging a knife was chased through the middle of the popular tourist site.
According to witnesses several police officers were talking to the man on 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue when he became agitated stepping into the street and pulling out a knife. The man took off with the officers chasing him. The officers were joined by at least a dozen more during the incident that took place around 3:00 p.m. while also closing down the street.
During the chase the man is said to have sliced at random people, with at least one person being wounded.
Witnesses report that the police opened fire on the man after repeated requests for him to drop his weapon at 38th Street. The New York Times reported that the man, who has yet to be identified, told the police to come get him.
It is not clear how many shots were fired.
The man was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
Others who frequent the area told media that the man was a regular in Times Square, often wearing a T-shirt that said "Ninjas killed my family". He was known to panhandle.