April 5th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

New York City midnight melees leave 4 wounded

Police are investigating four early morning shootings Monday that occurred over the span of two and half hours in the heart of New York City's commercial and tourist district.

The shootings, none of which were fatal, happened shortly after midnight within blocks of each other near Times Square, according to Detective Joseph Cavitolo of the New York City Police Department.

Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg described the scene as chaotic, with young adults and teenagers running amok.

"The mayhem in midtown appears to be a bunch of gang members wilding," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Cavitolo said police have no shooting suspects at the moment, but that 54 people have been arrested, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct.

The first shooting transpired around 12:10 a.m. Monday, sending a 28-year-old male to the hospital, according to Cavitolo. He said that about 20 minutes later, a 21-year-old female was struck with a bb gun. The third incident, a pair of shootings involving two males, ages 18 and 19, took place shortly after 2 a.m.

All suspects are in stable condition, Cavitolo said.

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