Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Brooklyn Subway Shooting: At Least 16 Shot; Explosive Device or Smoke Bomb May Have Been Discharged (VIDEO)

Man on the street interview at CBS News 2 New York, "Witness saw people running from subway, 'not looking back'." Dude thought it was definitely a professional operation; super organized.

At WSJ, "Brooklyn Subway Shooting Live Updates: At Least 16 People Injured in Sunset Park":

At least 16 people were injured in the shooting Tuesday morning at the 36th Street subway station in Sunset Park, according to the New York City Fire Department.

Multiple people have been transported to local hospitals, police officials said. Officers and emergency responders were on the scene providing medical attention in the continuing investigation.

Ten of the 16 injured were wounded by gunfire, according to fire officials. Five are in critical but stable condition.

Images from the incident showed people on the ground, which was spotted in places with blood stains. The air appeared smoky.

New York Police Department officials said an explosive device or smoke bomb may have been discharged in the incident.


And, "Police Search for Suspect in Brooklyn Subway Shooting: Ten people were shot and wounded and six others were treated for shrapnel injuries, smoke inhalation and panic, FDNY officials said":

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—A manhunt is under way for the person who shot and wounded 10 people on a busy New York City subway train and platform Tuesday morning.

A Manhattan bound train was approaching the 36th Street station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn at about 8:30 a.m. ET when the suspect put on a gas mask and took a canister out of his bag and opened it, filling the train car with smoke, said New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

“He then opened fire, striking multiple people on the subway and on the platform,” Ms. Sewell said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect shot and injured 10 people, according to the New York City Fire Department. Six others were treated for shrapnel wounds, smoke inhalation and panic, according to the FDNY. Victim ages ranged from teenage to middle age, a department spokesperson said. Five were in critical but stable condition.

Ms. Sewell described the subject as a 5-foot-5-inch Black man who was dressed in a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

No motive has been established for the shooting and the incident isn’t being investigated as an act of terrorism, Ms. Sewell said. The suspect shot people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, she said.

New York Police Department officials said no active explosive devices have been found at the scene.

The 36th Street stop on the N and R train lines is a busy station in the mornings. The stop connects residents in the Sunset Park neighborhood to the major transit hub at Atlantic Avenue.

The station is one block from Greenwood Cemetery as well as Industry City, a business and shopping center with over 500 companies and 50 shops across 16 campus buildings. The complex is packed with shoppers and families on the weekends, and workers at offices including co-working space Camp David on weekdays.

Schools in the vicinity went into lockdown, New York City Department of Education officials said. Children were permitted to enter school buildings and once inside were required to stay indoors. New York Police Department officials said there were no reports of injuries at schools or reports of criminal activity related to the shooting.

Two hours after the shooting, dozens of onlookers gathered around the police cordon as several helicopters flew overhead. Some asked those around them if they saw what happened, others asked for details and shared what they have heard.

Sunset Park resident Erik Frankel said he has been on alert in the neighborhood due to an uptick in crime. “It kept me up at night knowing how bad things are, knowing that I live here alone with a 4-year-old,” he said.

Mr. Frankel, a candidate for New York state assembly, called the shooting senseless. “I can’t conceive to understand what thoughts tiptoe through the Everglades of [the shooter’s] mind,” he said.

Shootings in the city are up 8.4% year to date, at 322 incidents, compared with 297 in the same period in 2021, according to the latest NYPD data. Police arrested 4,025 people for major crimes in March compared with 3,140 for the same month last year, officials said last week...