15-year-old accused of shooting tourist in Times Square identified

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Officials have identified and arrested a 15-year-old for allegedly shooting a tourist in Times Square earlier this week, six senior law enforcement officials tell NBC News.

Jesus Alejandro Rivas Figueroa, a teenager from Venezuela who was last known to be staying at a migrant shelter in New York City’s Upper West Side, is being charged as an adult. He faces two counts of attempted murder as well as assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges, according to court documents.

The shooting occurred Thursday night during an alleged shoplifting attempt at a Times Square store, during which Figueroa allegedly fired a gun at a security guard who confronted him and another individual at the door. He missed and struck the leg of a bystander.

Figueroa then allegedly fired two rounds at a New York City police officer on 47th Street in midtown Manhattan while fleeing the scene.