A teenage gunman who shot a woman at a Times Square clothing store Thursday night before opening fire on police officers was identified as a migrant who remains on the loose, authorities said.
The shooter, Jose Alejandro Rivas Figureoa, 15, was living in a temporary shelter and migrated from Venezuela, said NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell.
The shooter shot a 37-year-old Brazilian tourist and was part of a trio of three male teenagers that was suspected of shoplifting at JD Sports on West 42nd Street and Broadway at around 7:05 p.m., police said at a press conference.
A female security guard confronted the group and took the stolen merchandise when chaos erupted in Manhattan’s gun-free zone.
The shooter and a male accomplice — who was wearing a blue jacket and is a 15-year-old Hispanic male — then fled the store and ran towards 47th Avenue, said Chell said.
Two police officers patrolling the area then gave chase, capturing the suspect in the blue jacket. The juvenile has since been released without charge.
The shooting came nearly two weeks after a group of migrants attacks a pair of NYPD officers, also in Times Square. Several suspects in that case have been indicted but only one is being held in custody.
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Fox News Digital’s Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.