Greenwich Village, Manhattan- Early this morning, police rushed to the southwest corner of Washington Square Park after receiving reports of a man shot, according to police officials.
Police say they responded to intersection of West 4th Street and MacDougal St. for reports of a shooting at approximately 5:15 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a man shot in the leg and he was transported by EMS to Bellevue Hospital Center in stable condition, the NYPD said.
Due to the possibility there was an outstanding suspect for the shooting, precinct commanding officers called for a mobilization to assign additional officers to the area—patrol officers, personnel from the Strategic Response Group (SRG) and members of the Aviation Unit participated in looking for a possible perpetrator.
All entrances to Washington Square Park were closed off to the public until police finished their investigation at about 7 a.m.—while the park was taped off, detectives were observed talking to one witness on a park bench and other officers stood by a pair of jeans and a shoe on the sidewalk near the southwest entrance to the park.
As of this morning, the NYPD have not taken anyone into custody.
UPDATE: ABC7ny reported that later in the morning when detectives were able to review video footage it was determined that the man had accidentally shot himself on a bench in Washington Sq Park before moving to the street corner where he was found by police. You can read their story here.