BROOKLYN — A daylight shooting near the Barclays Center Wednesday afternoon sent pedestrians running for shelter and set off a manhunt for the suspect believed to be responsible, police and witnesses said.
The shooter opened fire in front of the Atlantic Terminal, hitting an unidentified 50-year-old man the leg at about 2:12 p.m., NYPD officials said. The shooting happened near a busy intersection across the street from the arena on Atlantic Avenue near Fort Greene Place.
Mohammed Ali, 43, a hot dog vendor nearby, said that he heard multiple rounds fired and saw the victim laid out on the sidewalk.
"I walked down a little bit and saw someone on the floor. He was on his back. I saw blood coming from his leg. He'd been shot. He wasn't saying much, but he was yelling about going to a hospital," Ali said.
The shooting immediately sent passersby scattering, witnesses said.
"I heard [gunshots] and saw a whole group of people running," said Andrew Hyland, who works nearby and was on his lunch break.
"I saw one undercover cop with his gun drawn, running up here," said Hyland.
Another vendor, Mohammed Fazlul, 56, was working on the corner of Fort Greene Place and Atlantic Avenue when he said he heard several shots and saw a man holding a handgun.
He quickly ducked behind his food cart with several customers.
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Police were searching for one man in connection with the shooting, authorities said.
Officials originally said there may have been two suspects but later clarified that there was only one shooter.
The suspect is about 5-foot-8 and was wearing a blue hat, a dark T-shirt and dark sweatpants with an Adidas white striped logo on the sides.
The shooting may have stemmed from a dispute that started at the nearby Barclays subway station, but police said they were not sure if the victim was involved in the argument or was an innocent bystander.
Police officials said they found two separate types of bullets at the scene but were not immediately clear if more than one gun was used.
"Thank God, thank God we only had one individual in light of what's happened today in our country," said NYPD Deputy Chief Vincent DiDonato at the scene. "Thank God we only had one individual and it could have been a lot worse."
Political leaders urged calm following the Brooklyn incident and other high-profile shootings in Virginia and San Francisco Wednesday.
The mayor has been briefed on the shooting on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The NYPD is on the scene and there is no reason for alarm.— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) June 14, 2017
In Virginia, a gunman shot a congressman at a GOP baseball team practice before he died after a shootout with police.
In San Francisco, a gunman shot three people before turning the gun on himself and committed suicide at a UPS facility, according to CNN.