Brooklyn subway shooting: Several people shot dead in Sunset Park neighborhood, authorities say

Five of the 10 people shot are in critical but stable condition and six others were injured in the attack during the morning rush, FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh said.

None of the injuries would be life-threatening, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.

Sewell said there were no known active explosive devices and the incident was not being investigated as an act of terrorism at this time. The suspect shot people on the train and on the platform, Sewell said.

The mass shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. when the New York Fire Department was called to the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood to a report of smoke.

A male suspect possibly wearing a gas mask and an orange work vest fled the scene, police said, citing a preliminary report.

First responders encountered gunshot victims throughout the subway station and others injured in the ensuing chaos, although it is unclear how the others were injured. Authorities have yet to release detailed information on how the shooting unfolded.

The mass shooting comes amid a spike in shootings in New York City over the past two years and a particular rise in subway violence that has become a priority for Mayor Eric Adams’ administration. There have been 617 felony complaints so far this year on the transit system, a 68% increase from this point last year, according to NYPD data.
The incident is the second mass shooting, defined as at least four people shot, in Brooklyn this year and the fourth in New York state, according to Gun Violence Archive. The first mass shooting of the year in Brooklyn took place on January 13 at a Brooklyn event hall.

Witness says train engulfed smoke

Police and emergency responders gather at the site of a reported shooting outside the 36th Street subway station on Tuesday.

Yav Montano told CNN he was on the N express subway train heading north toward work when a smoke grenade or smoke bomb went off and he heard what sounded like a fire. artifice. The train was between stations at the time, so panicked passengers tried to move to another carriage to get away from the smoke, he said.

“The whole car was engulfed in smoke,” he said. “I couldn’t even use my mask anymore because it was smoke black. It was ridiculous.”

About 40 to 50 people were on the train at the time, he said. He was unsure of the number of injured, but said he saw a lot of blood on the floor of the train.

When the train arrived at the 36th Street station, passengers rushed from the train onto the platform.

Police told the public to avoid the area of ​​36th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, where a large presence of emergency responders has gathered.

The police gang blocks the metro station on Tuesday.

The Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn is located in the southwestern part of the borough and has a significant number of Asian and Hispanic residents. Each group represents about a third of its more than 135,000 residents, according to U.S. Census data.

The southern part of the neighborhood became Brooklyn’s Chinatown due to its growing population of immigrants from China’s Fujian Province.

Mayor Adams, who has Covid-19, has been informed of the situation, his spokesman Fabien Levy said.

“While we gather more information, we ask New Yorkers to stay away from this area for their safety and so that first responders can help those in need and investigate,” Levy said on Twitter. .

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subways, says it is also investigating the incident and the D, N and R trains are holding up in both directions in Brooklyn.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

CNN’s Peter Nickeas, Jason Hanna and Yon Pomrenze contributed to this report.


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