Passengers on a subway train were shot at on Tuesday morning in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York.
A rush hour attack. A subway station turned into a scene of chaos on Tuesday morning in the Brooklyn district of New York (United States). Several people were injured after an individual fired into a subway train at the 36th street station.
• The passengers of a metro train targeted by shots
“At 8:27 a.m., police received an emergency call from a person who was shot and killed in the subway” in Brooklyn, a New York police spokeswoman initially said.
“As the train pulled into the station, the individual put on a gas mask. He then opened a canister that was in his bag and the (metro) car filled with smoke. After that he started to shoot,” New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell later said.
Amateur photos and videos posted on social media showed pools of blood and people lying on the floor of the metro train. Another video shows crowds exiting smoke-filled metro cars, amid shouts but no jostling.
According to a latest report from the New York authorities, at least 16 people were injured, including 10 shot during the shooting. 5 people are seriously injured but their lives are not in danger.
• Actively wanted shooter
Explosive devices were found at the scene, authorities said. Yav Montano, one of the passengers on the train, said on CNN seeing “a smoke grenade…a bomb, exploded I would say two minutes before we got to the station”.
“It looked like it was planned (…) We were stuck in the car (…) there was blood on the ground. There was a lot of blood on the ground”, added this man.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell clarified during the press briefing that the suspect is a black man with an imposing build, wearing a green construction jacket and a black hoodie. He is still untraceable at this time.
NYPD later in the afternoon located a van that had been rented by the prime suspect, reports CNN. The authorities managed to identify the suspect after discovering a bank card where the shooting took place, a card which made it possible to rent the van in question. However, the identity of the suspect has not yet been made public.
• No investigation for terrorist act opened
Keechant Sewell announced that the events that took place on Monday are not being investigated for acts of terrorism “at this stage”.
“We can also say that although this was a violent act, we don’t have anyone with life-threatening injuries,” the New York police chief said.
The open investigation is jointly led by the NYPD (New York police) and the FBI. According to our colleagues from CNN, a firearm was found in the subway station. President Joe Biden, who had announced new anti-gun measures, has meanwhile been briefed on the shooting and the White House has offered help to New York authorities, the executive spokeswoman said. , Jen Psaki.