- 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.