Several people shot dead at Brooklyn train station, unexploded ordnance discovered: report
NEW DELHI: Several people were shot dead at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, AP reported. Several unexploded devices were also found at the scene, according to firefighters.
“Firefighters responding to reports of smoke at the 36th Street station in the Sunset Park neighborhood found several people shot and unexploded ordnance,” AP quoted a spokesperson for the fire department as saying. new York City.
New York authorities have yet to confirm whether it was a terrorist attack. Firefighters said 13 people were injured, several of whom were shot. The police department said there were “no active explosive devices at this time.”
A photo from the scene showed people tending to blood-covered passengers lying on the station floor. Eyewitnesses said some of the injured jumped on another train to flee to the next station.
According to US media, the suspect likely used a smoke bomb to distract commuters before shooting them. Several smoke devices were found at the scene, AP said citing the mayor’s spokesman Fabien Levy.
According to preliminary information, police said the suspect was dressed in work clothes. Three senior law enforcement officials said the man was wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest, NBC reported.
The NYPD asked citizens to avoid the area and closed all schools near the site.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she was briefed on the “developing” situation. “First responders are on the scene & we will be working with @MTA & @NYPDnews to provide updates as the investigation continues,” she tweeted.
The incident comes a day after US President Joe Biden announced new gun control measures as shootings in New York City spiked this year.