THE aunt of the toddler who was hit when a gunman opened fire in Times Square has said that her bleeding niece remained calm despite being injured.
Four-year-old Skye Martinez was waiting outside Line Friends toy shop with her mom Sonia and aunt Danae Romero when she was struck by a stray bullet on Saturday.
Danae, 16, said that they fled the scene as soon as they heard the shooter firing but didn't immediately realize that Skye was bleeding.
But, the toddler, of Brooklyn, managed to remain incredibly calm despite her gunshot wounds.
She told the New York Post: "She's pretty tough, I guess. She's always been happy. There aren't many times when she cries and stuff."
The toddler is still in hospital but it’s unlikely that she will need surgery as the bullet "just entered and exited" her left leg.
Danae revealed that the shooting has left Skye’s mom shocked.
The 16-year-old said: “She’s upset. Nobody knew what was going to happen and she was like why did it have to be her [daughter] because she’s 4 years old.”
Incredible footage appears to show a hero cop carrying a child to safety during the horror gun rampage.
Cops scrambled to get the situation under control after the shots were fired outside the Minskoff Theater, where the Lion King is performed.
Officer Alyssa Vogel has been hailed for carrying Skye to safety.
She told the New York Post that the girl didn’t cry once “except when we were putting the tourniquet on. She screamed because it’s very painful.”
Vogel said: “I kept telling her [the child's mom] to breathe, that I know what she's going through because I have a baby myself. It was very difficult for her, very traumatic. She saw her daughter just get shot."
With sirens blaring in the background, a group of officers can be seen running through the city streets amid the carnage.
The camera then zooms in on one officer who appears to be cradling a small child in her arms.
Skye was among three innocent bystanders who were shot by the gunman.
Wendy Magrinat screamed out for help as she lay bleeding on the ground after the shooter caused carnage in the tourist hotspot.
The 23-year-old gunshot victim was also waiting to go into the store on Broadway with her two-year-old daughter when she was struck by the bullet.
She told the New York Post: "I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety – but I couldn’t.
"The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor.
"I was screaming 'I don't want to die, please help me' – and people were just recording, they weren’t helping.
"I was on the floor and a group just surrounded me, all with their phones recording. I understand people get in shock."
Wendy had traveled to the city from Florida for a reunion with her family ahead of Mother's Day, and was queueing with her mom, stepdad, eight-year-old sister, her husband, and their tot, Elise, when she was shot.
Surgeons opted against removing the bullet from Wendy’s leg fearing it could make the damage worse.
Marcela Aldana, of New Jersey, was shot in the foot but she's also expected to recover.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea confirmed the gunfire rang out after a “dispute”.
He said: "It appears at this point time the three individuals that were shot are not known to each other and it appears all they are innocent bystanders.
"At this point in time, we have one person of interest that we are seeking information. We have at least one shooter but it's an active investigation.
"We have a dispute from numerous witnesses that involved at least two to four people."
NYPD officers on the scene recovered three .25 caliber shell casings – and have circulated a photo of a man they want to speak to.
The investigation continues.
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