13 injured in New York subway shooting
A shootout at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York, has caused injury to at least 13 people, law enforcement said.
The injured have been admitted to various hospitals in the area after what the police think was a lone wolf attack.
The police have described the suspected shooter as a man about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds.
According to the police, the gunman acted alone and that investigation is on to find the motive of the suspect. However, the all-out manhunt for the gunman is the investigators’ top priority, they said.
A suspect fled wearing an orange construction vest and a gas mask, according to the police, who are on the lookout for the gunman.
Horrifying visuals from the scene show people tending to bloodied passengers lying on the floor of the station, where train services have been delayed during the morning rush hour.
The attack appears to have happened on the southbound R train, beginning at 25th St station. As the doors closed, the suspect threw smoke bombs and opened fire. The victims then got off the train at 36th St station.
President Joe Biden has been briefed about the New York City subway shooting, the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said in a tweet. “White House senior staff are in touch with Mayor Adams and Police Commissioner Sewell to offer any assistance as needed,” she said.
New York’s fire personnel responded to reports of smoke at the 36th Street station in the Sunset Park neighbourhood and found multiple people shot at and undetonated devices, a New York City Fire Department spokesperson said, reported news agency Associated Press.
There are no details yet on the kind of injuries sustained in the attack.
There are “no active explosive devices at this time” at the subway station, the New York Police Department said.
The US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, tweeted that officials are closely monitoring the developments of the shooting.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “I have been briefed on this developing situation in Brooklyn. First responders are on the scene and we will work with MTA & NYPD to provide updates as the investigation continues.”
(With input from Associated Press)