September 16th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Two Bystanders Shot In Times Square As New York Police Miss Their Target

Police open fire in New York City's Times Square on Saturday night as they try to subdue an agitated man who was darting around in front of cars in traffic and end up hitting two bystanders.  CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

Crowds panicked as the officers fired three shots while they were in pursuit of 35-year-old Glen Broadnax, described as an "emotionally disturbed" man. But the officers missed their target, hitting two innocent females instead.

Amateur video captures the frightening and chaotic scene.

Kerri-Ann Nesbeth was there and says a woman next to her went from shocked to shot.

"I kind of got hysterical at that point. I started crying. I realized this is real. That's when it got real to me when I saw someone injured."

The New York Police Department confirms to CNN that the suspect told them he was on a mission to kill himself.

Investigators say Broadnax was disoriented, seemingly throwing himself in the path of oncoming traffic.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "He put his hands in his pocket, took out his hands and simulated shooting at the officers."

That's when all bets were off and police responded with gunfire.

Broadnax is facing a slew of charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Police are not releasing information about the officers involved in the shooting but the two women shot were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

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