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Teen In Custody In Connection With Shooting At Bryant Park Skating Rink

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Police say a 16-year-old is in custody in connection with a shooting at the Bryant Park ice skating rink Saturday night that left two people injured.

Police say that a 14-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were shot at the popular Midtown destination just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

One of the victims was shot in the torso, while the other was shot in the leg.

They were both taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Police say the victims' injuries are not life-threatening.

One of the victims was left sprawled out on the ice as skaters scrambled for cover.

Witnesses on the scene told NY1 that as many as five shots were fired.

"We heard about three shots, and then two more after," one witness said. "So he got shot, and then they made sure he got shot. Also, one of the bullets hit someone in the leg. He was on the floor, but then he walked out to the exit. Another loose bullet hit someone in the hip. After that, we just saw everybody running out, going crazy. People were just in chaos. It was quite terrifying."

Sources tell NY1 that a fight may have broken out over clothing moments before the shooting.

Bryant Park, and the ice rink, reopened to the public Sunday morning.

Officials with Bryant Park Corporation tweeted Sunday morning that the incident is "particularly disturbing because Bryant Park is a safe and virtually crime-free environment."

People in the area were also surprised to hear of the incident.

"It's a hub of the neighborhood," said one person. "People come here to have fun."

"We have been here in a Saturday night, and it is a different crowd, certainly, than what comes in the morning," said another. "That said, though, a shooting is a bit shocking."

However, visitors said that they intend to keep coming despite the act of violence.

"It could have happened anywhere, and I don't want to let it ruin our time," said one person. "It's a great thing here."

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