12/11/2009 Leave a comment
New York Post
Bullets flew over Broadway yesterday, sending a crush of Times Square tourists and office workers “running for their lives” as cops shot and killed a MAC 10-toting thug.
The broad-daylight gunfire between the CD-hawking scam artist and anti-crime cops in an enclosed passenger-drop-off area at the Marriott Marquis sent shots crashing through store windows and people scrambling for cover.
“The police officers were ducking and diving, trying to get out of the way,” said John Grisewood, 60, of London, who stood about 10 to 15 feet from the fusillade.
I have a connection to these guys. I was scammed by them in July 2007 when I was walking Times Square alone. First, they asked me if I wanted to buy a CD. Eh, yeah, I could have just kept walking, but I bought into it. I gave them $10 for that and they signed their names. That wasn’t all though. One of them saw that I had a lot more $$$ in my wallet. One guy basically grabbed an additional $20 out of my wallet in exchange for two t-shirts and a hat, both of which I really didn’t want. If these aren’t the same people, I’d be surprised:
Cops said he was one of a group of hustlers who were working a scam in which they would approach tourists, ask them their names, then write the names on the CDs and demand $10.