The incident happened on Saturday when three people were shot in Times Square this weekend, including a 4-year-old girl shopping for toys with her family.
Officer Alyssa Vogel first wrapped a tourniquet around the affected girl’s small leg to stop her bleeding before instinctively sprinting through Times Square to a waiting ambulance.
“This little girl is the strongest person I have ever seen,” Officer Vogel told “Good Morning America.”
Arriving on the chaotic scene on Saturday afternoon, Vogel removed the tourniquet from the waistband of his weapon and “applied it to her leg, above the wound. We tightened it on her.”
“After that Officer Sparta and I started looking for her for other gunshot wounds, to make sure it was the only one,” Vogel said. “When it was determined that this was the only one, I had the instinct to pick her up and drive her to the ambulance down that block, and that’s when I sprinted with it. “
Vogel, who is herself a mother, said that hearing that a child had been shot “was certainly more distressing because you don’t know where she was shot, or if it was true if she was okay. didn’t know the circumstances. So as a mom, I think my maternal instinct is gone, I have to help her. “
She went on to describe the strength of the little girl. “For someone who just got shot, she was just standing there, visibly scared, but she wasn’t crying or anything. She was only screaming when we tightened the tourniquet because it was so painful. she was very calm for someone who was in a very traumatic situation. “
The little girl’s mother’s father and her aunt were with her.
“Obviously, they were very upset and traumatized by the whole situation. When we took her to the ambulance, the mother and family were running right behind us. And the mother came with us in the ambulance,” Vogel said. “I just wanted to take her to the hospital. Meanwhile, my partner had been shouting that there was an ambulance down the block. In my mind, I was just, she has to get to the. hospital. When there is a gunshot on your thigh, there are arteries, and you didn’t know if an artery was affected or not. So I just wanted to make sure she got to the hospital on as soon as possible.
The 4-year-old has had surgery and is expected to be fine.
“Thank goodness the three people affected by the gunfire are all discharged from the hospital and it looks like they will make a strong recovery,” Mayor de Blasio said. “But look, this sort of thing shouldn’t be happening in our city.”
Vogel, who has been in the police force for four and a half years, comes from a family of cops.
But, she began her life of service as a teacher. “Since I was teaching in Brooklyn, I loved teaching, but that’s just not what I thought I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to be a police officer so I could help people in a different way.”
As of Monday morning, the NYPD is still searching for the accused person of interest, Farrahkah Muhammad, 31.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57- PISTA (74782).
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