On Mother’s Day weekend, a young mom who was one of three innocent bystanders shot in Times Square claimed she had pleaded for her life as she laid bleeding on the ground, and callous bystanders just filmed her on their phones.
Wendy Magrinat, 23, of Rhode Island, told the New York Post on Sunday about her horrific experience, adding that the bullet from Saturday’s horror is still lodged in her leg.
“I felt really dizzy, and I was losing blood, and I just started screaming, ‘I got shot! I got shot! I don’t want to die!” Magrinat recalled. “I have a 2-year-old, please get my daughter to safety! I have a 2-year-old—I don’t wanna die!”
“I was screaming … ‘Please help me!’—and people were just recording, they weren’t helping,” said Magrinat.
She recalled she had been celebrating Mother’s Day in Manhattan with her mother, uncle, and other family members, including her young daughter, when a nearby street fight involving an illegal CD vendor turned violent.
A 4-year-old girl and a 43-year-old woman from Passaic, NJ, who was at the scene, were also injured.
Magrinat said she had been waiting with her mother, stepfather, 8-year-old sister, and her husband, Yoel, who was carrying their young daughter, Elise, to enter the Line Friends store on Broadway. The family became aware of a dispute between at least two men, one of whom was standing “practically next to me,” according to Margrinat.
“A guy called another guy by the [N-word], and I told my husband, ‘This is getting a little heat[ed] up,’” as her husband moved ahead in line and tried to keep himself and their daughter away from the chaos, she said.
“Everything was so fast, but the shooting started—and the first shot went to my leg,” she remembered.
Magrinat said she screamed for help but received no response. “I understand … people get in shock. But if you’re in shock, you shouldn’t be recording. But that’s how people are right now,” the mom said.
The only people who helped her were the NYPD officers.
“They came running right away, and they got me to an ambulance really fast, along with the 4-year-old girl who was hurt,” Magrinat told The New York Post over the phone.
The bullet was embedded high in her right thigh, and surgeons chose not to remove it for fear of worsening the damage.
She also said it was “God’s will” that the bullet struck her rather than Elise, adding, “I would have died if my daughter would have gotten shot.”
“It was a traumatic experience, and I think until the gun violence is a little controlled—it’s gonna be a long time before I go back to New York,” Magrinat said.
Sources told The New York Post that detectives have surveillance video of the suspected gunman walking eastbound outside the Minskoff Theater on West 45th Street just before 5 p.m. Saturday before stepping back to speak to another man.
The video shows him raising his right arm and firing multiple rounds from a semi-automatic pistol at three bystanders.
Skye Martinez, a four-year-old girl from Brooklyn, was shot in the lower left calf. In addition to Magrinat, Marcela Aldana, a New Jersey resident, was shot in the left foot and had a bullet removed in surgery later.
At the time, the gunman was wearing a black jacket and black Adidas trousers, but had changed outfits before being caught on surveillance video wearing a distinctive-looking shirt with the number “9.”
Officers from the canine unit were photographed by the New York Post early Sunday, removing clothes from a garbage can on the corner of 10th Avenue and 42nd Street that matched what the gunman was wearing at the time of the shooting.