Authorities say a man apparently wielding a hammer has been shot and wounded by police in New York City.

Police say the man was struck by bullets more than once. The Fire Department of New York says he was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The shooting took place shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday blocks from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station in Manhattan.

Authorities say it's possible the man was the same person who attacked at least two people with a hammer this week.

Police say preliminary information shows officers tried to approach the man, and he took out what appeared to be a hammer and lunged at officers. The officers then fired.

Throngs of onlookers gathered as police set up a crime scene.

The investigation is ongoing.