At Least 16 Shot Dead in NYC Subway Station – The New Indian Express
NEW YORK: A gunman filled a rush hour subway train with smoke and fatally shot several people on Tuesday, leaving injured commuters bleeding on a Brooklyn platform as others ran screaming, authorities said .
Police were still looking for the shooter. Officials said the shots injured at least eight people and at least 16 in all were injured in some way in the attack at the 36th Street train station in the neighborhood Borough Sunset Park.
A train driver’s video shows smoke and people exiting a subway car. Moans erupt as passengers run for an exit as a few others limp from the train.
One of them falls on the platform and a person shouts: “Someone call 911!”. In other videos and photos from the scene, people tend to see bloodied passengers lying on the platform, some in the middle of what appear to be small pools of blood, and another person is on the floor of a subway car.
“My subway door opened into the calamity. It was smoke and blood and people were screaming,” eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WINS, claiming to have seen a gigantic wave of smoke billowing from the N train once the door was opened.
According to several police sources briefed on the investigation, preliminary information indicated that the shooter who had fled was wearing a construction vest and a gas mask.
Investigators believe the shooter deployed a smoke bomb before opening fire, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Investigators are looking into whether he may have used the device to distract people before shooting, the official said.
Firefighters and police were investigating reports that there had been an explosion, but the police department tweeted that there were “no active explosive devices at this time”. Several smoke devices were found at the scene, said mayor’s spokesman Fabien Levy, who confirmed the initial tally of gunshot wounds.
At least 11 people were being treated at two local hospitals. No MTA workers were physically injured, according to a statement from Local 100 of the Transportation Workers Union.
Juliana Fonda, broadcast engineer at WNYC-FM, told her Gothamist news site that she was boarding the train when passengers in the car behind her started knocking on the door between them.
“There were a lot of loud noises and there was smoke in the other car,” she said. “And people were trying to get in and they couldn’t, they were knocking on the door to get into our car.”
President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland were briefed on the incident, as was Governor Kathy Hochul.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, was briefed at the mayor’s residence.
The incident happened on a subway line that runs through southern Brooklyn in a neighborhood “home to mostly Hispanic and Asian communities” about a 15-minute train ride from Manhattan.
Local schools, including Sunset Park High School across the street, have been locked down.
Brooklyn’s Danny Mastrogiorgio had just dropped his son off at school when he saw a crush of passengers, some injured, running down the subway stairs at the nearby 25th Street station in a panic.
At least two had visible leg injuries, he said. “It was crazy,” he told The Associated Press. “No one knew exactly what was going on.”
Allan Lee was running his business, Cafe Nube, when half a dozen police and fire engines suddenly converged on the block that contains the 36th Street station.
“Then they started driving people who were in the block to the adjacent block and then closed the entrance to the subway” near the door to the cafe, he told the AP.
When he noticed bomb operatives and dogs, he was sure it wasn’t an everyday subway problem. A sea of emergency lights was visible from at least a dozen blocks away, where a police cordon was set up.
New York City has faced a string of high-profile shootings and incidents in recent months, including on the city’s subways.
One of the most shocking took place in January when a woman was pushed to death in front of a train by a stranger.
Adams, a Democrat just over 100 days into his term, made cracking down on crime “especially on the subway” one of the goals of his first administration, pledging to send more police to stations and platforms for regular patrols.
It was not immediately clear whether officers were already inside the station when the shooting occurred.