Man with gas mask shoots in New York subway: 16 injured

A gunman wearing a gas mask detonated a smoke device in a New York subway Tuesday morning before opening fire on passengers, injuring 16, including 10 from gunshots, police said they are actively searching for him. suspicious. The attack occurred at 08:24 (12:24 GMT), when the subway trains of the American megalopolis are overcrowded, on one of the lines connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, explained the chief of the new New York police (NYPD). ), Keechant Sewell.

“When the train stopped at the station, the individual put on a gas mask. He then opened a canister that was in his bag and the (subway) car filled with smoke. After that he started shooting.”described the police chief who ruled out at this stage “an act of terrorism”.

According to firefighters, 10 of the 16 injured were hit by bullets, but none were in mortal danger by noon, Keechant Sewell said.

precise description

Speaking to the press gathered above the Brooklyn subway station, he described the suspect as “a black man“approximately”1.65m” Y “of great complexion“, Wearing a “green construction vestr” and a gray sweatshirt. this person is dangerous“, warned the governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul, calling on the population to be extremely careful.

Amateur photos and videos showed pools of blood and people lying on the floor of a subway train, as well as on the platform of the “36th Street” station in the Brooklyn district. Another video shows the crowd exiting a smoke-filled subway car at the 36th Street station, amid shouts but no jostling.

“Planned”

According to one of the passengers, Yav Montano, who spoke on CNN, “a smoke grenade…a bomb went off, I would say two minutes before we got to the station.” “It seemed that it was planned (…). We were in the car (…), there was blood on the ground. There was a lot of blood on the ground.l”, added this man. A fire department spokesman told AFP that “unactivated explosive devices” had been found at the scene, but no “operable explosive devices” according to police.

An important security device was deployed on 36th Street and 4th Avenue, in South Brooklyn, very close to the large Greenwood Cemetery. Numerous ambulances, firefighters and police arrived at the scene. Several Brooklyn schools have immediately canceled all outings for their students.

biden informed

President Joe Biden, who announced new anti-gun measures Monday, was notified of the shooting and the White House has offered assistance to New York authorities, executive spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The attack came as New York City has faced a spike in crime since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elected on promises of security, the new Democratic mayor of New York, former police officer Eric Adams, launched a plan at the end of January to combat the proliferation of firearms, after the death of two policemen shot dead during an intervention. But other gun dramas have made headlines since then.

“We’re tired of reading the headlines about crime, whether it’s shootings or the loss of a teenage girl or 13-year-old girl. This needs to end,” the governor said, referring to several recent victims, including children. of shots or stray bullets.

Mayor Eric Adams, who contracted Covid-19 a few days ago, was unable to attend.

For the first quarter of 2022, from January 1 to early April, the number of shootings and shootings in New York City increased from 260 to 296 compared to the same period in 2021, according to police figures released this past week. .

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