A masked gunman released a smoke bomb on Tuesday, April 12, and then opened fire on a New York subway train. Midi Libre takes stock of what we know.
Total chaos at rush hour. At 8:27 am in New York this Tuesday, or at 2:27 pm Paris time, several shots were heard in the corridors of the subway at rush hour Thousands of workers go there every morning to get to their places of professional activity.
Number of injured, suspect…
According to firefighters, ten people were shot. Another 13 were injured by shrapnel. and during the chaos that followed the spread of smoke on the train, but none were in danger of death by noon, details West of France.
A manhunt is underway to find the suspect, who fled.
Police described him as “a black male” approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, “heavyweight” and wearing a “green and orange construction vest” and a gray hooded sweatshirt.
Police gave the description and distributed photos of the individual who rented the truck, without saying if he was the suspect.
According to various media, this man, Frank James, 62, posted several videos on YouTube where he talks about politics and criticizes New York Mayor Eric Adams, reports The Mid Office.
At the scene, investigators found a pistol and three magazines, as well as a vehicle key that allowed them to return to a recently rented and abandoned U-Haul van from the American rental company in Brooklyn.
Where exactly were the shots?
Gunshots were heard in the Brooklyn borough at 36th Street and 4th Avenue in the south of the neighborhood. Amateur photos and videos showed several people lying in pools of blood. on the floor of the subway train.
New York City subway passengers are clamoring to escape a subway car, some of them visibly injured, after CBS New York sources say a gunman opened fire and threw a smoke bomb at a train. Several people were shot and more than a dozen were injured, authorities said. pic.twitter.com/IO9Tdr9Fe8
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 12, 2022
According to one of the passengers, Yav Montano, who spoke in CNN, “a smoke grenade… a bomb went off, I’d say two minutes before we got to the station.” “It seemed that it was planned (…). We were trapped on the train (…) There was a lot of blood on the floor”, added this man.
No “terrorist investigation” at this stage
An important security device was deployed at 36th Street and 4th Avenue, in southern Brooklyn, where the events occurred, and the schools near the station were “confined” this Tuesday, he says. CNN citing a member of the Department of Education, without specifying the number of establishments or students in question.
The attack took place as New York City has faced a spike in crime since the Covid-19 pandemic. From January 1 to early April 2022, the number of shootings and shootings in New York City increased from the same period in 2021, from 260 to 296, according to NYPD figures released last week. .