NEW YORK – An innocent man died Sunday after he was shot in the chest at close range by an armed suspect while they were inside a moving train, New York City Police said. The attack would have been unprovoked, the authorities clarified.
The shooting occurred on a northbound Q line subway that crossed the Manhattan Bridge around 11:45 am, she said at a news conference.
Witnesses told authorities the suspect was pacing in the last car of the train before pulling out a firearm and shooting a passenger “without provocation.” They had had no previous contact, they said.
The victim was identified as Daniel Enriquez, 48 years old.
The police added that according to the preliminary investigation the suspected gunman fled from the Q line train after it stopped at the station. Canal Street. Officers were called to the station where they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the torso.
Emergency crews rendered aid and transported the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died of his injuries, police said.
Transit officers were reviewing MTA surveillance video in hopes of tracking the suspect and his movements throughout the public transportation system.
Police said the suspect is described as a large, dark-skinned man and was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie, gray sweatpants and white sneakers.
The incident interrupted the service of trains on the N and Q lines, which were diverted to the R line between Dekalb Avenue y Canal Street.
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This is a case under investigation.