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  • 6 December 2013, 13:46

Times Square Shooting: Unarmed Man Charged

An emotionally disturbed man has been charged with assault after an incident in Times Square that ended with New York police shooting at him and accidentally hitting two bystanders.

Glenn Broadnax, 35, threw himself at oncoming cars in the square in September, disrupting traffic.

When police arrived and saw him reaching into his pockets, they opened fire, fearing he was pulling out a gun, according to the New York Times.

But the officers missed and the bullets struck two women, 35 and 54, who happened to be in the area.

One woman was hit in the leg, sending her sprawling to the ground while still clutching a four-wheeled walking aid, while the other victim was hit in the buttocks.

Broadnax was charged with assault because he was allegedly responsible for creating the disturbance that led to the shooting, the newspaper reported.

Police said at the time thatBroadnax had been acting erratically, weaving in and out of traffic.

The suspect, from Brooklyn, had originally been charged with menacing, drug possession and resisting arrest.

Separately, the actions of the two officers are being investigated by the district attorney's office.

Broadnax's lawyer, Rigodis Appling, told the New York Times that her client suffers from anxiety and depression and said he was reaching for his wallet, not a weapon.

If convicted, Broadnax could face up to 25 years in jail.

The shooting marked the second time in a year bystanders in New York were caught up in a police shooting.

In 2012, nine pedestrians were wounded by police gunfire, ricochets and fragments after officers engaged in a gunfight outside the Empire State building with a man suspected of shooting one of his co-workers.