The aunt of the 4-year-old who was hit when a gunman opened fire in Times Square recalled the moment the family realized the little one had been hit as they ran for their lives – but said the “tough” little girl remained calm.
Little Skye Martinez was lining up with her mother, aunt Danae Romero, 16, and other relatives to buy toys from Line Friends on Saturday afternoon when a gunman arguing with three other people opened fire in the crowd, hitting her and two other spectators.
“She didn’t feel anything. Even when we noticed we were around the corner, she wasn’t crying, ”Romero told The Post on Sunday.
Romero, who also joined the shopping trip, said she heard a man yelling for someone to come before gunshots rang out in the tourist center.
“Once they got past that’s when they started shooting, so we ran and didn’t notice my niece got hit until we were around the corner and we could see that she was bleeding, ”she said.
Romero said his niece, who had been shot in the left leg, managed to stay calm.
“She’s pretty tough, I guess. She has always been happy. There aren’t a lot of times she cries and things, ”she said.
Romero said Skye was still in hospital, where she was in “stable condition”.
“She is fine. It’s a stressful situation, ”Romero told the Post.
But she said the shooting left her sister, Skye’s mother, in shock.
“She is upset. No one knew what was gonna happen and she was like, why it had to be her [daughter] because she’s 4 years old, ”Romero said.
Romero called on the police to locate the gunman responsible for the shooting.
“Please catch him. He’s over there and you don’t know why he did it, ”she said.
“What if he ends up hurting other people?” Because if he’s able to do it in a place where there are so many people like Times Square and don’t care, what’s going to stop him from doing it again?
Reached by phone on Sunday, Skye’s mother Sonia Romero declined to comment on the shooting.
“Our priority is to take care of my daughter,” she told the Post.