New York City Police Department Identifies Person With Interest in Brooklyn Metro Shooting
New York City Police Department (NYPD) said it has identified a man with an interest in the shooting of the subway car that shot 10 people in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.
Chief James Essig told reporters that a cache of weapons had been recovered from the scene, including guns, ammunition, a hatchet, gasoline and keys to a U-Haul van. Investigators found the vehicle parked in Brooklyn and have since linked it to a man named Frank R. James, who rented it in Philadelphia.
Essig described James as a 62-year-old man “with addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia.”
“We are trying to trace him to find out whether he has any connection with the firing in the metro or not,” he said.
Esig offered several new details about the shooting that took place before 8:30 a.m.
“Since the N train was between stations on 59th Street and 36th Street, there was a black male sitting in the back corner in the second car,” Essig said during an evening press conference. “As the train pulled into the station, witness says the man opened two smoking grenades, brandishing a Glock 9mm handgun, then fired that weapon at least 33 times.”
While investigators have found a variety of details about the shooter’s height, officials said witnesses’ accounts confirm that he was wearing an orange and green construction-style nylon vest. He also had a gray hoodie, a surgical mask and a neon green construction helmet.
Earlier in the day, officials said the gunman put on a gas mask before setting off smoke canisters, then opened fire on several people on the subway and on platforms.
Officials say they are still looking for the motive for the attack. (New York City Police Department)
They are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to James.
Governor Cathy Hochul said New Yorkers’ “sense of peace and normalcy was disrupted – brutally interrupted – by a man who is so cold-hearted and deprived of heart that he didn’t care about the people he attacked.” ” ,
WNYC broadcast engineer Juliana Fonda said she was on the N train when she heard the shot. (New York City Police Department)
“People were running fast and taking care of them, running, trying to get on the train,” Fonda said. “The door was locked between the cars and the people behind us, there were loud pops and there was smoke in the other car.”
Some schools in the vicinity, including PS 24, were closed after a barrage of bullets.
Alexandra Miranda, a 7-year-old student in elementary school, recalled that scene in her classroom, telling NPR, “They had to lock all the doors and the teacher couldn’t get in or out because something was happening outside.”
Tuesday’s incident marked a boom in violent crime on the subway during the pandemic, while the number of riders on the subway is well below pre-pandemic levels.
Earlier, published reports quoted fire officials and law enforcement sources as saying that several non-explosive devices were also found. Sewell told reporters that there are currently no known explosive devices on subway trains. (New York Police Department)
New Yorkers have been warned to avoid the Sunset Park area. After the shooting, power was cut on various lines, and major delays were expected across the city. (New York City Police Department)
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