Search continues for Brooklyn shooting suspect, motive; mayor says police believe he acted alone: Live updates

Written by on April 13, 2022

NEW YORK — The search continued Wednesday for a person police say opened fire on a Brooklyn subway train throughout morning rush hour Tuesday in an assault that left greater than two dozen injured.

Frank R. James, 62, whom police mentioned was the suspect within the capturing after first calling him a “particular person of curiosity,” remained at massive Wednesday as investigators sought help from the public in finding him.

The New York City Police Department has released several photos of James and supplied a $50,000 reward for data resulting in an arrest.

Investigators are wanting into regarding movies that threatened violence and appeared to return from James, authorities mentioned. Police initially linked James to the capturing after a key to a U-Haul van he rented was discovered on the scene of the assault. Police later situated the van in Brooklyn.

Around two dozen people were injured, however none fatally, on a Manhattan-bound prepare arriving at a Sunset Park subway station round 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, mentioned Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

A surveillance digicam on the turnstile of the station the place the prepare stopped was not working accurately, although further pictures from the subway line could support the investigation, the pinnacle of the subway system mentioned Wednesday.

WH IS THE SUSPECT? What we know about Frank James

HOW THE SHOOTING UNFOLDED:Photos, videos show chaos of Brooklyn subway attack

Carrying a fuel masks, the gunman set off two smoke grenades after which fired 33 occasions with a Glock 17 9mm semi-handgun, which was additionally discovered within the subway, mentioned Chief of Detectives James Essig mentioned. Not less than 10 individuals had been shot and not less than 19 others had been taken to hospitals for accidents starting from smoke inhalation to shrapnel wounds.

Movies taken on the platform of the 36th Road station confirmed chaos ensue as smoke and subway riders, some injured with gunshot wounds, pouring out of the prepare. Witnesses on the scene mentioned passengers had been coated in blood and shouting because the commotion unfolded.

The assault sparked concern round rising crime within the nation’s largest subway system, a fear metropolis officers tried to quell Wednesday as they vowed the trains had been protected.

Police haven’t mentioned what they consider to be the motive behind the assault. Sewell mentioned Tuesday the crime was not initially being investigated as terrorism. Mayor Eric Adams mentioned Wednesday that investigators consider the gunman acted alone. 

Here is what we all know:

Safety digicam at Brooklyn subway station had ‘server downside’

The pinnacle of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority mentioned Wednesday there was an issue with a safety digicam server on the 36th Road subway station the place the prepare stopped.

“It looks as if that one (digicam) had a server downside,” that means the digicam wasn’t sending pictures to the NYPD, MTA Chairman Janno Lieber advised NY1. Showing on CBS, Lieber mentioned the camera was near a turnstile on the station, however there have been 600 cameras all through the N prepare line Brooklyn.

“There are pictures of this fellow which might be going to be discovered,” Lieber mentioned.

The MTA has cameras in all subway stations however not essentially on every station’s platform, the place riders board and get off trains.

Essig mentioned the N prepare was between the stations at 59th and 36th streets when the capturing started. The shooter was within the second automotive within the rear nook, and he fled after the prepare pulled into the station, Essig mentioned.

IS IT TERRORISM? Brooklyn shooting is not being investigated as terrorism ‘at this time.’ Here’s why.

Capturing survivor: ‘I do not suppose I might ever trip a prepare once more’

Hourari Benkada had just gotten on the N train on his method to work and was sporting headphones Tuesday when smoke started pouring into the subway automotive, he advised CNN on Tuesday night time from his hospital mattress.

Benkada mentioned he heard a girl shout she was pregnant so he went as much as assist her. He hugged her as the gang within the prepare rushed to the again. Benkada mentioned he was pushed and then felt the gunshot within the leg.

Individuals on the prepare struggled to open the doorways to different vehicles to attempt to escape the smoke and capturing, Benkada advised CNN. He did not initially suppose his wound was severe, however when he bought off the prepare and checked out his leg, “the scale of 1 / 4 is gushing out blood” round his knee, he mentioned.

Benkada mentioned he was sitting subsequent to the shooter however did not acknowledge the images of James that police launched. The shooter was sporting a masks, Benkada mentioned.

 “I do not suppose I might ever trip a prepare once more,” Benkada mentioned.

Neighbor: Suspect was ‘offended, loud and alone’

A neighbor who lived throughout the road from the capturing suspect in a Milwaukee duplex mentioned he struck her as “offended, loud and alone” for the sixth to eight months they lived close to one another.

Keilah Miller advised USA TODAY that James lived in an adjoining house. She typically heard yelling however nobody ever enter the house with James. “He was simply not approachable,” she mentioned.

Miller interacted with James as soon as when she left her keys within the door. She mentioned he banged on her door “and he’s there saying, ‘Do not try this!'”

Miller mentioned she left her house Tuesday after seeing police flow into James’ images whereas he stays at massive.

MORE ON THE SUBWAY SHOOTING:Brooklyn subway train attack injured about 2 dozen people

Police wanting into suspect’s YouTube movies, threats of violence 

Police discovered two non-detonated smoke grenades, a hatchet, gasoline and the important thing to a U-Haul van on the prepare. Investigators consider James rented the van in Philadelphia and police discovered it later Tuesday in Brooklyn, Essig mentioned.

Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday morning on MSNBC that no further data has come out connecting James to New York Metropolis. James has ties to each Wisconsin and Philadelphia, authorities mentioned.

WHERE IS SUNSET PARK:Subway attack shocks Sunset Park, a hub for working-class immigrants: ‘Nothing like this happens here’

Sewell mentioned police are investigating a variety of social media posts showing to return from James the place he talked about homelessness and Adams. The mayor’s safety element could be tightened out of an “abundance of warning,” she mentioned.

A legislation enforcement official who was not approved to remark publicly advised USA TODAY authorities had been reviewing a number of social media pages, together with YouTube movies showing to characteristic James discussing a wide range of points from Black rights and slavery to the latest mass capturing in Sacramento and the affirmation of Choose Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court docket.

This image provided by the New York City Police Department shows a Crime Stoppers bulletin displaying photos of Frank R. James, who has been identified by police as the renter of a U-Haul van possibly connected to the Brooklyn subway shooting, in New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. New York Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday, April 13, that officials were now seeking James as a suspect.

The movies contact on themes of violence, systemic racism and Black superiority. One video posted the day earlier than the assault, the person within the movies mentioned he wished to hurt individuals. “I can say I wished to kill individuals. I wished to observe individuals die.”

Different movies police are reviewing embrace clips from New York’s subway trains. In a February, a video talked about the city’s subway safety plan. The person says the plan “is doomed for failure” and refers to himself as a “sufferer” of the mayor’s psychological well being program. A January video — referred to as “Pricey Mr. Mayor” — is considerably essential of Adams’ plan to finish gun violence, which has develop into an early focus of the Democrat’s first time period in workplace.

Eric Adams: Metropolis will look into metallic detectors for subways

Adams mentioned throughout an look on MSNBC on Wednesday morning the town was exploring all “authorized” applied sciences to maintain the subways protected and detect any potential weapons coming into the system.

Requested about including metallic detectors, Adams mentioned it was a chance however mentioned the detectors wouldn’t be like those frequent at airports, quite much less invasive applied sciences that riders could not even discover. 

Adams mentioned a protected and dependable subway system was important for New York Metropolis. “It is the lifeblood of our metropolis. It is the nice equalizer,” he mentioned on MSNBC.

Cities round US ramp up subway police patrols, Brooklyn neighborhood on edge

The assault sparked fears in riders taking the nation’s subway system. Police in different main U.S. cities elevated their presence in public transit consequently.

The BART system across the San Francisco Bay Space, SEPTA in Philadelphia and Washington’s Metro had been among the many main public transit programs including law enforcement officials or on a excessive alert after the assault.

In Sunset Park, residents had been shocked their working-class, predominately immigrant neighborhood turned the middle of a violent assault Tuesday.

“Violence on the subway is not new to our space, however seeing so many individuals so terrified and so many individuals saying they noticed individuals coated in blood, it is loopy,” mentioned Rogelio Miranda, a cashier at a grocery store close to the Brooklyn subway cease.

“Nothing like this occurs right here,” mentioned Rosario Moreno, who lived in Sundown Park for 17 years. “I really feel misplaced and scared.”

Sundown Park was as soon as predominantly dwelling to Scandinavian immigrants till individuals from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic started arriving earlier than 1970, adopted later by Mexicans and extra Central Individuals. 

Chinese language immigrants seeking to settle and begin companies outdoors of the town’s crowded Chinatown started settling within the space through the late 1980s. They typically advised newcomers from China taking the trains from Manhattan to get out on the “blue sky cease,” a reference to Sundown Park, the place the subway strains emerged from tunnels into the open air.

Contributing: Kevin McCoy, Gabriela Miranda, Swapna Venugopal and N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY; Eduardo Cuevas, Rockland/Westchester Journal Information


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