Ten People Shot At NYC Train Station
Law enforcement sources say ten people were shot at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York.
Fire personnel responding to reports of smoke Tuesday morning at 8:24 a.m. at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park found multiple people shot.
A photo and video from the scene at the 36th Street station showed people tending to bloodied passengers lying on the floor of the station as they exited the northbound train. Others hurriedly rushed away from the platform as smoke poured from the car.
According to a New York City Fire Department facebook post:
Expect traffic delays, road closures, mass transit disruptions, cancellations, delays & emergency personnel near 36th St & 4th Ave & 25th St & 4th in Brooklyn. D N & R trains are holding in stations in both directions in Brooklyn. Avoid the area.
Trains servicing that station were delayed during the morning commute.
Police were looking for a black male suspect, about 5'5" with a heavy build, who was wearing a green construction vest, gray sweatshirt and a gas mask. The suspect, who also reportedly opened two smoke canisters. It was not known which direction the suspect left the area, partially due to surveillance cameras in the area not operating. It was later reported that those cameras were flagged as faulty just days earlier.
The suspect-- 62-year-old Frank James from Philadelphia, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan's East Village. He reportedly called in a tip to police, saying he was at a McDonald's on the lower east side of Manhattan. He was found just around the corner from 6th Street and 1st Avenue.
He reportedly left behind a bag containing more smoke canisters, as well as fireworks and a gun, a Glock 9mm. Police want to talk to him to see if he is connected to the shooting. A total of 33 shots were fired. James allegedly rented a U-Haul, which was found parked close to the subway station.
The CEO of New York's Mass Transit Authority said on Wednesday that James was discovered on video surveillance entering the subway system before the attack.
The shooting is not being investigated as a terrorism event at this time, according to a New York Police spokeswoman. However, she later said that nothing is being ruled out at this time.
A total of 13 people were injured during the incident, which occurred on the "N" train. Several victims were transported to New York University Hospital for treatment. Injuries included gunshots, shrapnel and smoke inhalation. Five victims are in critical, but stable condition. None have life-threatening injuries, it was stressed.