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What is terrorism? Brooklyn subway shooting raises questions

  • Frank Robert James is facing a federal terrorism charge for targeting a public transit system.
  • There is no indication that James had any ties to terrorist organizations, a prosecutor said.
  • But federal law specifically prohibits violent attacks on public transit systems.

A chaotic scene of smoke, gunfire and panic erupted on a Brooklyn subway train during rush hour Tuesday morning in what witnesses and elected officials described as a terrorizing crime.

While New York officials initially said they were not investigating the shooting as terrorism, prosecutors indicted Frank Robert James on Wednesday afternoon on a federal terrorism charge for targeting a system of public transport.

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