The Port Authority Bus Terminal – one block from Times Square – was evacuated New Year’s Eve after multiple people were stabbing only hours before midnight.
The busy transit hub plunged into chaos Tuesday night just before 9pm after four people were stabbed and the assailant fled on foot.
Early reports said one of the four victims is fighting for his life, a police source was unable to confirm that to MailOnline. the other three are expected to make a full recovery.
Mass evacuation: The Port Authority Bus Terminal is only one block from Times Square
NYPD officers and Army Reservists guarding the bus terminal chased down and tackled a Latino male suspect wearing Army fatigues, the source told MailOnline.
Conflicting eyewitness accounts say the stabbing suspect eluded authorities.
An eyewitness told MailOnline the evacuation was mostly calm and orderly. An announcement came over the bus terminal’s public address system and people filed out as instructed.
‘[It was] seemingly quick and well orchestrated, led by posted troops,’ said Michael Gasiorek. ‘[The] only concern was crowd buildup outside.’
That calmness evaporated once outside, as officers were caught off-guard with the evacuation order, Mr Gasiorek explained.
‘We just evacuated, is there a plan?’ He said he asked police.
‘Plan? Get away from the building,’ the officer responded.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is on 42nd Street at Eighth Avenue, one block from Times Square and across the street from police checkpoints regulating the flow of revelers into and out of the ball drop zone.
More than 225,000 people course in and out of its doors everyday.
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