A young mother who was one of three innocent bystanders shot in Times Square remembers begging for her life as she bled on the floor – as ruthless passers-by recorded it on their phones.
Wendy Magrinat, 23, relived the heartbreaking moments in an interview with The Post on Sunday, saying the bullet was still lodged in her leg.
“I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die, please help me!’ – and people were just recording, they weren’t helping, ”the tourist said of the shooting on Saturday which left her, another woman and a 4-year-old girl with gunshot wounds.
Magrinat was waiting to enter the Line Friends store on Broadway with her mom, stepfather, 8-year-old sister, and her own husband, Yoel, who held their 2-year-old daughter Elise, she recalls. .
In the meantime, they became aware of a fight between at least two men, one of whom was “practically next to me”, recalls Magrinat.
“A guy called another guy by the [N-word], and I said to my husband: ‘This is getting a little hot[ed] She said, as her husband lined up to try to distance himself and their daughter from the chaos.
“It was all so fast, but the shoot started – and the first shot went to my leg,” she recalls.
“I just covered it up and ran a bit, just to get my daughter and family to safety – but I couldn’t. The pain was too much and I fell to the ground, ”she said.
“I felt really dizzy, and I was bleeding and I just started screaming, ‘I was shot! I got shot! I do not want to die! “She says.
Magrinat, who was in town for a family reunion, remembers repeatedly begging others to bring her 2-year-old daughter to safety.
“I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die, please help me!’ – and people were just recording, they weren’t helping, ”she said. “I was on the floor and a group has just surrounded me, all with their phones recording. I understand… people are in shock. But if you’re in shock, you shouldn’t save. But that’s how people are right now. “
She said the only people who helped her were the “amazing” NYPD officers.
“They came running right away and they took me to an ambulance very quickly, with the 4-year-old girl who was injured,” recalls Magrinat.
“When I arrived at the hospital, I had a team waiting for me,” she says.
There, surgeons decided not to remove the bullet that was lodged high in his right thigh, fearing it would make the damage worse.
“So I live with a bullet in my leg,” she said. “I take a lot of pain relievers but the pain never goes away. The pain is still there, just hold it back and hope it gets better, ”she said, saying she was unable to walk.
“Fortunately, I was very lucky not to touch the arteries, the bones or the muscles,” she said.
She also called it “the will of God” that the bullet hit her and not little Elise, saying, “I would have died if my daughter had been shot.
“All I kept thinking was, ‘I have a 2 year old – it could’ve been her, or I might never see her again.’ ‘
Fortunately, her daughter is so young that she “didn’t know what was going on” and first laughed when she saw her parents run away for their lives, assuming it was a game, said Magrinat.
But Magrinat’s sister – who came from Florida with their mom to see them – “kept on screaming and knew all that was going on. It was traumatic for her, ”she said.
“My mother was also completely traumatized,” she said.
The family have met in New York before – but are no longer in a rush to return.
“It was a traumatic experience, and I think until gun violence is controlled a bit, it will be a long time before I return to New York,” Magrinat said.
Detectives have surveillance footage that shows the suspected gunman walking east past the Minskoff Theater on West 45th just before 5 p.m. Saturday before he stepped back to speak to another man, sources told The Post.
The footage shows him raising his right arm and firing several shots with a semi-automatic pistol, the sources said – hitting all three bystanders.
The 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn – identified by sources as Skye Martinez – was shot in the left lower calf, the bullet completely breaking her leg, sources said. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital for surgery.
In addition to Magrinat, Marcela Aldana, 43, of Passaic, New Jersey, was shot in the left foot, with a bullet that will be removed in surgery later, sources say.
The shooter wore a black jacket and black Adidas pants at the time – but apparently stripped naked before being caught on surveillance footage in a distinctive-looking shirt bearing the number “9”.
Early Sunday, officers from a canine unit were photographed by The Post pulling clothing matching what the suspect was wearing at the time of the shooting from a trash can at the corner of 10th Avenue and 42nd Street.
Officers were also seen entering and exiting a building there, although it is not immediately clear if he is related to the suspect.