It has been a long scary day for New Yorkers, and finally according to WFLA News Police found an unoccupied U-Haul van in Brooklyn matching the description and license plate number of the vehicle being sought in connection with Tuesday’s shooting on a rush-hour subway train, a law enforcement official said.
Police officials said 16 people were injured in the attack at the 36th Street station in the borough’s Sunset Park neighborhood.
Police sources told Nexstar sister station WPIX that 10 people were shot.
Officials said the injuries ranged from gunshot wounds, shrapnel, and panic after the incident.
Police were closing off a street about four miles from the shooting scene and clearing nearby businesses while awaiting a bomb squad and the highly specialized emergency services unit.
The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Officers around the city had been told that if they spotted the U-Haul truck, they should stop it and detain all occupants immediately.
A train rider’s video shows smoke and people pouring out of a subway car. Wails erupt as passengers run for an exit as a few others limp off the train.
One falls to the platform, and a person hollers, “Someone call 911!” In other video and photos from the scene, people tend to bloodied passengers lying on the platform, some amid what appear to be small puddles of blood, and another person is on the floor of a subway car.
“My subway door opened into calamity.
It was smoke and blood and people screaming,” eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WINS, saying he saw a gigantic billow of smoke pouring out of the N train once the door opened.
Juliana Fonda, a broadcast engineer at WNYC-FM, told its news site Gothamist she was riding the train when passengers from the car behind hers started banging on the door between them.
“There was a lot of loud pops, and there was smoke in the other car,” she said. “And people were trying to get in and they couldn’t, they were pounding on the door to get into our car.”
Danny Mastrogiorgio of Brooklyn had just dropped his son off at school when he saw a crush of passengers, some of them wounded, running up the subway stairway at the nearby 25th Street station in panic. At least two had visible leg injuries, he said.
“It was insane,” he told The Associated Press. “No one knew exactly what was going on.”
Allan Lee was running his business, Cafe Nube, when a half-dozen police cars and fire vehicles suddenly converged on the block that contains the 36th Street station.
“Then they started ushering people that were on the block to the adjacent block and then closed off the subway entrance” near the cafe’s door, he told the AP. When he noticed bomb squad officers and dogs, he was certain it was no everyday subway problem.
A sea of emergency lights was visible from at least a dozen blocks away, where a police cordon was set up.
New York City has faced a spate a shootings and high-profile incidents in recent months, including on the city’s subways. One of the most shocking was in January when a woman was pushed to her death in front of a train by a stranger.
Adams, a Democrat a little over 100 days into his term, has made cracking down on crime — especially on the subways — a focus of his early administration, pledging to send more police officers into stations and platforms for regular patrols.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether officers had already been inside the station when the shootings occurred.
We need the public’s help apprehending the individual responsible for shooting multiple people today on the subway in #Brooklyn. The suspect is a Black male, who was wearing a green construction vest & a gray hooded sweatshirt. Call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS with any information. pic.twitter.com/d2wTfNbMDD
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) April 12, 2022
NYPD says this is the person of interest in the subway shooting. His name is Frank James.
If you have any information — call 1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/OXoAPWeBIj
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) April 12, 2022
NYPD identified the subway shooter suspect as Frank James, age 62 with addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia.
There’s a $50,000 reward for info leading to his arrest.
He was under FBI terrorist's radar in New Mexico until 2019. pic.twitter.com/KJ2HVflI83
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) April 12, 2022
Praying for the City.