At least eight of the wounded were shot in the attack, in which a smoke grenade was used.
Authorities have yet to apprehend or identify the suspect, who was wearing a gas mask.
the ghost of the violence in New York has taken shape this Tuesday morning in a Subway station at Sunset Park in Brooklyn. At least 16 people have been injured, eight of them by gunshots as reported by a spokeswoman for the city’s fire department, in an incident in which they have also been involved explosives and that has shaken the city. The suspiciouswho has been identified by witnesses as an individual carrying a Antigas mask and wore a orange construction vest like the one worn by subway workers, even has not been detained or publicly identified by the authorities.
The police have reported that around 8.30 in the morningan hour of intense traffic on the subway, have responded to calls that spoke of a shooting in lto 36th Street Station, along which the lines D, N and R circulate. There they have found the woundedincluding those who have been shot, who have been transferred to hospitals.
ADVISORY: Due to an investigation, avoid the area of 36th Street and 4th Avenue area in Brooklyn. Expect emergency vehicles and delays in the surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/xPIAHbtSA7
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 12, 2022
The police had also received information about smoke at the station and possible explosions and in a video provided by police sources to ‘The New York Post’ and shared on social networks, the arrival of one of the trains is shown and several passengers are seen leaving a smoke filled wagon and apparently injured. According to police sources told ‘The New York Post’, the suspect was able to detonate a smoke grenade before opening fire.
— Craig McCarthy (@createcraig) April 12, 2022
At the scene of the events bomb squad have located several explosive devices that had not detonated and the New York police posted a message on Twitter shortly before 10 in the morning announcing that there were no active explosive devices left at the station.
In regard to the multiple people shot at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time. Any witnesses are asked to call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. Please stay clear of the area. More provided information when available. pic.twitter.com/8UoiCAXemB
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 12, 2022
Juliana Fonda, a sound engineer for WNYC public radio, was on the train at the time of the attack. As she has described in statements to the publication ‘Gothamist’, the shots were heard and the smoke was seen and then the passengers in an adjoining car tried to flee and enter yours. Arriving at the Fonda station, he saw people who had apparently been shot. Images shared by subway passengers on social networks show images of the chaos and the injured.
The authorities have asked the citizens avoid areawhere numerous ambulances and police units have been deployed.
The state governor, Kathy Hochul, He has written on Twitter that he has received a report of the situation in Brooklyn and that emergency teams are in the area.
I have been briefed on this developing situation in Brooklyn. First responders are on the scene and we will work with @MTA & @NYPDnews to provide updates as the investigation continues. https://t.co/dM2hKnhoql
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) April 12, 2022
The president of the USA, Joe Biden, He is also being briefed on the incident, according to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
@POTUS has been briefed on the latest developments regarding the New York City subway shooting. White House senior staff are in touch with Mayor Adams and Police Commissioner Sewell to offer any assistance as needed.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) April 12, 2022
The event shakes a city where the rise in gun violence has become a central issue. The fight against insecurity was one of the central elements in the campaign for the mayoral elections last year and the forcefulness that it promised Eric Adams, a former police officer, it was one of the key elements in his victory.
According to police statistics cited by ‘The New York Times’, as of April 3, there were 296 firearms incidents36 more than in the same period last year.
adamswho these days is isolated after having given positive for Covid-19has deployed seven police units against firearms and it has also strengthened the application of measures against minor crimes and misdemeanors as part of an effort to try to prevent more serious crimes. Not without controversy, he also launched a program to get the homeless off the subway.