A man wearing a gas mask and a construction vest opened fire on a rush-hour subway train in Brooklyn, shooting at least ten people Tuesday morning. Startled commuters bolted off the rush hour train while others hobbled out, creating a terrifying scene. On the platform, at least one passenger collapsed.
According to the Associated Press, five people were critically injured, but are expected to survive. At least 29 people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, smoke inhalation, and other ailments. The gunshots erupted aboard a Manhattan bound N train just before 8:30 a.m. as it approached a stop in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, which is roughly a 20-minute ride from Manhattan.
The motivation of the gunman is currently unknown and the incident is not being investigated as terrorism, according to Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. However, she stated she is “not ruling out anything.” Eyewitness Sam Carcamo said, “My subway door opened into calamity. It was smoke and blood and people screaming,” noting that smoke was pouring out of the train as the doors opened.
Officials said they found a firearm at the site, as well as various smoke devices and other items that they are examining. The suspect is thought to have possessed at least two extended magazines. Investigators think the weapon jammed, stopping the suspect from continuing to fire. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted an urgent search to locate the gun’s maker, supplier, and original owner.
According to one law enforcement source, investigators also discovered a credit card at the location of Tuesday’s shooting, which led them to identify a person of interest. The card was used to rent the U-Haul vehicle that police located in Brooklyn as they were searching the city for the gunman.
During a press conference, Governor Kathy Hochul urged New Yorkers to be vigilant and stated, “This individual is still on the loose. This person is dangerous. This is an active shooter situation right now in the city of New York.”
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