A Brooklyn man who police say motioned as if pointing a gun Saturday night in Times Square, prompting officers to fire at him and injure two bystanders, was charged Sunday with several criminal counts.
Glenn Broadnax, 35, of 715 Gates Ave. in Bedford Stuyvesant, was charged with menacing, rioting, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and cocaine possession, police said.
According to police, Broadnax was "acting erratically, weaving in and out of traffic" on foot at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue when he was stopped by police about 9:35 p.m.
"This individual was blocking traffic and appeared to be attempting to be hit by cars when a police officer on foot patrol attempted to take him into custody in the intersection," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters. That's when Broadnax simulated shooting at cops by putting his hand in his pocket and then pulling it out and pointing at the officers.
Two police officers, who were not identified, fired on Broadnax, but missed him. Instead, their bullets struck two women, ages 54 and 35.
Witness video shows Broadnax, wearing a green shirt and shorts, assuming a stance and pointing at police before the shots were fired. One person in the crowd watching the incident can be heard yelling, "Don't shoot him no more."
The older woman was hit in the right knee and taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, while the other woman suffered a graze wound to her left buttock and was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. The two unidentified victims were in stable condition Sunday, authorities said.
Broadnax was taken into custody after a police sergeant stunned him with a Taser.