Two women and a 4-year-old girl were shot in Times Square on Saturday afternoon, the police said.
The women and the child, who were not related, were taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and were expected to survive, the police said.
No arrests have been made in the shooting, which occurred at about 4:55 p.m. near Seventh Avenue and West 44th Street.
“Thankfully these innocent bystanders are in stable condition,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter. “The perpetrators of this senseless violence are being tracked down and the NYPD will bring them to justice. The flood of illegal guns into our city must stop.”
The New York Police Department said the public should expect a heavy police presence in Times Square and traffic delays in the surrounding area.
Videos and pictures posted on social media showed a helicopter circling above the neighborhood and officers combing through a restaurant.
The Broadway show “Come From Away” said on Twitter that “everyone in the Schoenfeld, Golden & Booth theaters are all safe.”
The police said that no further information was immediately available and that a news conference was scheduled for Saturday evening.
Times Square, famous for its throngs of tourists, had become almost vacant during the pandemic last year. But it has recently started to attract crowds as the city has loosened restrictions, vaccinations have increased and coronavirus case numbers have fallen.