Early Tuesday morning, a gunman opened fire in a subway station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. So far, this attack has resulted in 29 people being hospitalized, 10 by gunfire, and 19 were injured due to the chaos that resulted from the shooting. The gunman has yet to be identified or apprehended.
At around 8:24 a.m., when the subway train pulled into the 36th Street subway station, a man wearing a construction vest and a gas mask fired shots into the crowd that was aboard the N train. According to Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, the man released a canister of smoke, opened fire, and fled.
The majority of the passengers aboard the train fled the train as smoke filled the station. This resulted in a massive panic and chaos that injured many in the process.
The Mayor Of New York, Eric Adams, stated that there was a “malfunction in the camera system at that particular station.” This malfunction resulted in the pursuit of the gunman being impacted Tuesday afternoon.
At the moment, authorities have not released the name of the suspect or the motive for the shooting. However, a gun, smoke canisters, and fireworks has been found inside the subway station and a rented U-Haul van was discovered that was used by the shooter.The van matching the description and the license plate number was found Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn.
Police believe that he acted alone with the motive still under investigation. However, high-ranking police officers believe the shooting was an orchestrated attack.
Currently, the shooting is not being investigated as an act of terrorism. “There are currently no known explosive devices on our subway trains,” Commissioner Sewell stated, however, she said she is “not ruling out anything.”
This attack is the latest in a wave of crimes that have beenaffecting NYC and its subway stations. According to the New York City Police Department statistics, in March alone, the number of crimes in the subway jumped 55 percent compared to last year. There was a bigger increase in crime in January with 198 crimes reported in 2022 compared to the 113 crimes in 2021.
The NYC underground transit system has already been struggling with a decrease in ridership due to the pandemic that began in March of 2020. With the increase in crime and shootings nationwide, citizens of New York are concerned for their well-being in subway stations. John Butsikares, a student at Brooklyn Technical High School, told the New York Times, “People have told me ‘be careful on the train’ but I’ve never actually experienced it until now, I don't know if I’ll ever feel safe on the train again.”
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