NYPD Officer Alyssa Vogel runs toward an ambulance with a 4-year-old who was shot in the leg Saturday, May 8, 2021, after a dispute between two brothers turned bloody. Screenshot from NYPD Twitter video.
On the day before her first Mother’s Day as a mom herself, New York City Police Department cop Alyssa Vogel rushed to save another mom’s child.
Vogel was inside her precinct near Times Square — one of the most heavily trafficked tourists spots on earth — when a “shots fired” call came over the radio. She and her partner raced to 45th Street and Broadway, where she found officers tending two women who had been shot in the leg. However, one of the officers told Vogel “a baby” had also been shot.
“There’s a baby!?” Vogel asks in body-cam footage released by the NYPD. She then sprints away to where a 4-year-old girl had been shot in the leg while with her parents. In the video, the girl is bleeding profusely from what appears to be her left leg. Vogel places a tourniquet on the child’s leg as another officer helps.
In the tense moments after Saturday's shooting in Times Square, Officer Vogel, from @NYPDMTN, was directed to a child who was shot, exclaiming — "There's a baby?" She quickly applied a tourniquet & rushed the 4-year-old girl to a nearby ambulance. pic.twitter.com/6oX12VL26q
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 10, 2021
But with arriving medics still well down the block, Vogel’s instincts took over.
She grabbed the child under both arms and started sprinting.
Vogel told Fox5 News that she actually surprised herself with how fast she ran toward the ambulance. She delivered her own child approximately six months ago.
“I was really just treating her the way I would want anyone to treat my child,” Vogel told FOX5. “I just wanted to make sure she was going to be okay and to get her to the hospital as quickly as possible.”
Police say both the girl and the two other women shot were innocent bystanders and uninvolved in the shooting. The shots were fired between two brothers in an argument, police say. All three of those who were shot are expected to recover. No arrest has been made.
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Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.
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