A younger mother who was certainly one of three harmless bystanders shot in Times Square recalled begging for her life as she lay bleeding on the bottom — whereas callous bystanders recorded her on their telephones.
Wendy Magrinat, 23, relieved the harrowing moments in an interview with The Post on Sunday, saying the bullet remains to be lodged in her leg.
“I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die, please help me!’ — and people were just recording, they weren’t helping,” the vacationer mentioned of the shooting Saturday that left her, one other lady and a 4-year-old lady with gunshot wounds.
Magrinat had been ready to get into the Line Friends retailer on Broadway with her mother, stepfather, 8-year-old sister, in addition to her personal husband, Joel, who was holding their 2-year-old daughter, Elise, she recalled.
As they waited, they turned conscious of a battle between a minimum of two males, certainly one of whom was standing “practically next to me,” Magrinat recalled.
“A guy called another guy by the [N-word], and I told my husband, ‘This is getting a little heat[ed] up,’” she mentioned, as her husband shifted forward in line to attempt to distance himself and their daughter from the chaos.
“Everything was so fast, but the shooting started — and the first shot went to my leg,” she recalled.
“I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety — but I couldn’t. The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor,” she mentioned.
“I felt really dizzy, and I was losing blood and I just started screaming, ‘I got shot! I got shot! I don’t want to die!’” she mentioned.
Magrinat, who was within the metropolis for a household reunion, remembered repeatedly begging others to get her 2-year-old daughter to security.
“I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die, please help me!’ — and people were just recording, they weren’t helping,” she mentioned. “I was on the floor and a group just surrounded me, all with their phones recording. I understand … people get in shock. But if you’re in shock, you shouldn’t be recording. But that’s how people are right now.”
She mentioned the one ones who helped her had been the “amazing” NYPD officers.
“They came running right away, and they got me to an ambulance really fast, along with the 4-year-old girl who was hurt,” Magrinat recalled.
“When I got to the hospital, I had a team waiting for me,” she mentioned.
There, surgeons determined towards eradicating the bullet that was lodged excessive in her proper thigh, fearing it could worsen the injury.
“So I live with a bullet in my leg,” she mentioned. “I’m on a lot of painkillers but the pain never goes away. The pain is always there, you just have to hold it and hope it gets better,” she mentioned, saying she is unable to stroll.
“Thankfully, I was really lucky that it didn’t hit any arteries or the bone or the muscle,” she mentioned.
She additionally referred to as it “God’s will” that the bullet hit her and never little Elise, saying, “I might have died if my daughter would have gotten shot.
“All I kept thinking was, ‘I have a 2-year-old child — it could have been her, or it was possible I’d never get to see her again.’”
Thankfully, her daughter is so younger she “didn’t know what was going on” and initially laughed when she noticed her mother and father fleeing for their lives, assuming it was a sport, Magrinat mentioned.
But Magrinat’s sister — who got here up from Florida with their mother to see them — ” saved screaming and knew every little thing that was occurring. It was traumatic for her,” she mentioned.
“My mother was also completely traumatized,” she mentioned.
The household has met up in New York earlier than — however is now in no rush to return.
“It was a traumatic experience, and I think until the gun violence is a little controlled — it’s gonna be a long time before I go back to New York,” Magrinat mentioned.
Detectives have surveillance footage that reveals the alleged shooter strolling eastbound outdoors the Minskoff Theater on West forty fifth simply earlier than 5 p.m. Saturday earlier than he stepped again to speak to a different man, sources instructed The Post.
The footage reveals him elevating his proper arm and firing a number of rounds from a semi-automatic pistol, the sources mentioned — hitting the three bystanders.
The 4-year-old lady from Brooklyn — recognized by sources as Skye Martinez — was struck within the decrease left calf, with the bullet fully breaking the leg, sources mentioned. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital for surgical procedure.
In addition to Magrinat, Marcela Aldana, 43, from Passaic, New Jersey, was hit within the left foot, with a bullet to be eliminated in surgical procedure later, sources mentioned.
The shooter had been sporting a black jacket and black Adidas pants on the time — however seemingly stripped off earlier than he was caught on surveillance footage in a distinctive-looking shirt with the quantity “9.”
Early Sunday, officers with a canine unit had been photographed by The Post pulling garments matching what the suspect had been sporting on the time of the shooting from a trash can on the nook of tenth Avenue and forty second Street.
Officers had been additionally seen going out and in of a constructing there, though it isn’t instantly clear whether it is tied to the suspect.