SEVERAL people were shot and killed on the Brooklyn subway around 8:30 am on April 12, 2022.
The man who opened fire at the 36th Street and Fourth Avenue subway station is currently under investigation.
What do the police say about the shooting in the Brooklyn subway?
Shooting broke out during the morning drive and a top FDNY spokesman said at least 16 people were injured and taken to local hospitals.
Victims are being treated for shrapnel, gunshot wounds and smoke inhalation, but police say their lives are not currently life threatening.
A police spokesman said at a press conference that “there were no known explosive devices on the subway trains at this time” and that they do not consider the shooting to be an “act of terrorism”.
A spokesman said the shooting occurred on the N train bound for Manhattan. The man was in the car and “put on a gas mask, took out a cartridge from his bag and the train filled with smoke and opened fire on the subway and the platform.”
Police describe the shooter as a 5’5″ black man with a large build. He was wearing a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt.
Police are asking the public to help anyone with information, videos, and photos to call 800-577-TIPS.
What happened at the Brooklyn subway station?
New York Gov. Katie Hochul said at a press conference: “This morning, ordinary New Yorkers woke up on a relatively normal day, left home to go to school, to work … and that sense of calm was grossly violated. heartless person.
She added, “This man is dangerous,” and warned New Yorkers to be “watchful and vigilant,” and said there was still an “active shooter situation” in New York.
The FDNY initially responded to the call by reporting smoke at the station, and upon arrival found several firearm victims and unexploded ordnance.
Former NYPD chief Terence Monahan said live in an interview with ABC 4 News that the NYPD and the FDNY were working together to find the shooter and would “watch every bit of video in this city.”
He added: “At the moment I have a man in an orange construction vest and a gas mask who opened some kind of gas device and started shooting. Some people jumped on the connecting train,” and he said the NYPD and the FDNY were trying to “verify where he went.”
Monahan said several “unexploded devices” were found, but they still don’t know how many are at the scene.
It’s currently an “extremely active investigation” and Monahan said it “feels pretty bleak at the moment.”
“That’s what we’ve always feared in the NYPD,” he said. “Someone entered the crowded subway station with guns and opened fire. »
What did the witnesses say about the shooting?
Yav Montano was on the subway when he saw smoke enveloping his car and told CNN he heard: “I thought it was fireworks, but now I can hear the fire crackling and I’m grateful I hid behind one of the chairs “. …To be honest, I have no words for what I went through. »
As another train pulled into the subway station, witnesses said an MTA agent yelled, “Everyone on the platform, get on the train…immediately!” »
Claire, a witness who asked only to be named, told the New York Post she was on the N train to Manhattan when so many gunshots rang out that she “lost count.”
“There were a lot. I don’t even know how many,” she told The Post.
“At first I thought he was an MTA worker because I didn’t like to pay too much attention to him. You know? You put in an orange. »
Area schools are closed and the FDNY is warning passengers to stay away from the area.
Rhiannon Alley volunteered at a nearby preschool through eighth grade and said in a live interview with ABC 7 News that they were locked out from around 9am.
She told the publication that they are in an on-site shelter, which means no one can enter or leave the school, and teachers are working to manage the situation by keeping the school day as normal as possible for the children.
“(Students) have no idea,” Ellie said, adding, “As a parent, that’s all you can ask because you don’t want your kids to be scared. »
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