via Associated Press
UNITED STATES – The new york police left on Tuesday, April 12, in search of a man in a gas mask who wreaked havoc on the subwayin rush hour on Monday morning, detonating two smoke devices before opening fire, wounding 23, including ten by bullet.
At 08:24 (14:24 Paris time), at a time when the metro trains of the megalopolis are crowded, the individual, wearing a gas mask, “opened two canisters that let out smoke by oar. He then shot several passengers. when the train entered the 36th Street station in South Brooklyn, the police chief of New York (NYPD), Keechant Sewell.
“We were very lucky that it was not much more serious,” said the police chief, summarizing the relief of the authorities after this attack where the suspect – still a fugitive 12 hours after the shooting – fired 33 bullets in the subway.
Wounded by bullets, not smoke inhalation or stampede
Police described the individual as “a black male” approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, “heavyweight” and wearing a “green and orange construction vest” and a gray hooded sweatshirt. A wanted notice has been issued with his description and photo. First reported as a “person of interest” who may have information about the attack, he is now considered a “suspect,” the New York police said Wednesday afternoon.
According to various media, this man, Frank James, 62, has published several videos on YouTube where he launches long political diatribes, sometimes virulent, and criticizes the mayor of New York, Eric Adams.
At the scene of the attack, investigators found a pistol and three magazinesalong with a vehicle key that allowed them to track down a recently leased and abandoned American U-Haul for-hire truck in Brooklyn.
“There have been posts that could be related to the person of interest where he mentions homelessness, New York City and Mayor Adams,” the New York police chief confirmed. The councilman’s security has also been beefed up, authorities say.
Various videos on social media
According to several US media outlets, in videos posted on social media, apparently by himself, he said that a government plan to address homelessness and security in the city’s subway was ‘doomed’.
He also called himself a “victim” of the New York mayor’s mental health agenda and criticized the latter’s plan to end gun violence.
According CNNin what appears to be his last video posted Monday, the individual says: “I’ve been through a lot of bullshit, where I can say I wanted to kill people. I wanted to see people die right in front of my eyes right away. But I thought I’d the fact that, hey, I don’t want to go to fucking jail.”
In another video posted last week, he denounces abuse in churches and racism in the workplace, using misogynistic and racist language. The individual regularly and violently attacks African Americans in his videos, CNN details again.
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