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Man Charged In Shooting That Left 3 Injured Near Herald Square

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police on Thursday arrested a suspect in a drug-related shooting that left three people injured near Herald Square late last month.

Makhtar Diouf, 30, of the Bronx, was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting, which happened on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Chaos erupted that afternoon when gunfire broke out at 31st Street and Broadway in the busy section of Midtown.

Makhtar Diouf
Makhtar Diouf, suspect wanted in triple Midtown shooting. (credit: NYPD)

Boyce said a man came looking for Diouf, who then opened fire.

A second person, identified as 29-year-old Brian Johnson, is also wanted for questioning.

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson is wanted for questioning in connection with a triple shooting in Midtown. (credit: NYPD)

Police said one of the men who was shot was a tourist from Romania who just happened to be walking out of a liquor store at the time of the incident.

A second victim was also an innocent bystander, while the third was part of the original quarrel.

Boyce said while drug shootings are down they are still a matter of concern and are investigated quickly.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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