Michelle Kim

2 Shot Near The Battery, Including Woman Bystander: NYPD

A man and a woman were shot near The Battery in Lower Manhattan Monday afternoon, police say. 

A 35-year-old woman, an innocent bystander, was shot in the ankle in front of 17 Battery Place near The Battery park as officers were responding to report of an assault in progress, police said. 

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Her injury was not considered life threatening.

Another victim, a 40-year-old man, was grazed in the torso, and left the scene. Police caught up to the car he was a passenger in on the Brooklyn Bridge, and he was taken to Long Island College Hospital. 

Police initially said they thought the man may have been a bystander but say they're "looking into everything."

A law enforcement source says police are looking into whether the shooting is related to a dispute that may have started over a tour ticket sale. The area is a mecca for tourists looking to board a ferry to the Statue of Liberty or explore Lower Manhattan. 

Police Tuesday morning said the victim they caught up to on the Brooklyn Bridge was not an innocent bystander, but that he was "involved in the argument." 

A woman named Brooke was across the street with her 8-year-old niece visiting from Arizona. She told News 4 she saw a ticket walker telling another, "You need to run or you're gonna get shot, too." 

"All I hear is everyone say, 'Get low, get low,' and I'm like, 'Why, what's going on?' And I look around and I see everyone run, and we're just running with the crowd. It was scary," she said. 

A witness who attends the nearby New York Film Academy told News 4 he saw a scuffle between two men in front of the building and that it spilled around the corner.

As the two men argued, one of them opened fire. 

"When you see a commotion like that, there was an argument, that's normal -- you think maybe it's actors running scenes, tourists. The argument transpired, they took it around the corner, next thing you know, shots rang out," said the witness.

Police at the scene said they were investigating. No arrests have been made.  

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