Woman and child shot in Times Square

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The girl and the Rhode Island woman were both shot in the leg, the third woman was shot in the foot.

The NYPD says the shooting appears to have stemmed from a dispute and that none of the injured were connected to that dispute.

WASHINGTON-Three people including a four-year-old girl were shot in New York City's Times Square after gunfire broke out in a dispute that they were apparently not involved in, the city's top police official said Saturday.

The New York Police Department released this photo of a person of interest in May 8 shooting in Times Square. Police issued an appeal for witnesses and released surveillance camera footage of a wanted man.

The shooting was one in a series as gun violence and crime increase in the city. The victims (a 4-year-old girl who had been shopping with her family; a 23-year old woman from Rhode Island; and a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey) were innocent bystanders, according to Shea.

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She is expected to undergo surgery for her injuries after being shot in the leg.

A preliminary investigation showed that the three victims were unknown to one another and were innocent bystanders, Shea said.

"The perpetrators of this senseless violence are being tracked down and the NYPD will bring them to justice", de Blasio said in a Twitter post.

A gun has not been recovered but police found three shell casings from a.25 caliber gun at the scene, Shea said. "The flood of illegal guns into our city must stop". He declined to elaborate.

City police officials previously have blamed bail reforms that went into effect past year for putting offenders back on the streets, but there's little evidence people freed from jail are behind the new crimes.

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