Police shoot suspect in New York hammer attacks

A hammer used in an attack on a police officer is seen at a crime scene on May 13, 2015 in New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP
A hammer used in an attack on a police officer is seen at a crime scene on May 13, 2015 in New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of the New York police investigate the crime scene as a hammer (pictured left) lies on the ground, at the intersection of 37th street and 8th avenue in midtown Manhattan in New York, May 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the New York police investigate the crime scene as a hammer (pictured left) lies on the ground, at the intersection of 37th street and 8th avenue in midtown Manhattan in New York, May 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Police shot and critically wounded a man in New York on Wednesday who was suspected of attacking seven people with a hammer, injuring four.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman said officers spotted the suspect, still holding a hammer, near the busy Penn Station.

"Two officers tried to arrest him. He attacked an officer. Her partner shot him. He is in critical condition," the New York Police Department spokeswoman said of the suspect, who was taken to hospital.

The 30-year-old man was alleged to have attacked seven people in Union Square on Monday, injuring three women and a man, the police spokeswoman said.