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New York Subway Shooting Suspect Identified | International | News

At least 23 wounded, of them 10 by bullet, is the latest balance of the shooting caused by a man on Tuesday in the middle of rush hour in the New York subway, the police announced, who asked for citizen collaboration to find the suspect.

“We’ve really been lucky that it wasn’t much worse than it has been,” New York Police Chief Keechant Sewell said at a news conference.

The police offer a reward of 50,000 dollars to reach the author of the shooting that volatilized in the midst of the chaos.

[Video] Passengers of the New York subway experienced moments of panic due to a shooting that left several injured

Police are tracking a 62-year-old Philadelphia renter found Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn whose keys were found at the scene of the shooting, local authorities said.

It is a corpulent black man, who wore an orange and green nylon work vest, and whose photo was released at the press conference.

The attack occurred at 08:24 (12:24 GMT), in the middle of rush hour, on a busy line that connects southern Brooklyn with Manhattan. “10 people were injured by gunshots and another 13 suffered smoke inhalation, falls or panic attacks,” police said.

What is known about the suspect in the New York subway shooting?

Witnesses described a dark-skinned man sitting in the second subway car wearing an orange and gray nylon vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt and surgical mask who set off two smoke grenades as the train entered the “36 Street” station. ”.

“He wielded a nine-millimeter pistol and fired at least 33 times, injuring 10 people,” said the police, who found a pistol of these characteristics at the scene.

Photos and videos of passengers on social networks showed blood on the floor and people lying on the floor of the train and on the platform of the “36th Street” station.

planned attack

Threstan Ralph, 34, a resident of Brooklyn, told AFP that when he arrived at the station, “I saw a cloud of smoke, I saw people in chaos, people lying down, three people on the ground. I immediately told myself that I had to go.”

“People were yelling ‘what’s up?’ ‘Why did she shoot?’ I didn’t know what was going on,” she added.

Another passenger, Yav Montano, explained to CNN that there was the “explosion of a smoke grenade … a bomb, about two minutes before we arrived at the station.”

“It seemed as if it was planned (…). We were blocked in the car (…) there was a lot of blood on the ground, ”he added.

Shooting in the New York subway leaves several injured, according to local media

A spokesman for the fire department told AFP that “unactivated explosive devices” had been found at the scene, although none “worked”, according to the police.

Security forces cordoned off the station, located at 36th Street and 4th Avenue, in South Brooklyn, near the Greenwood Cemetery.

Several Brooklyn schools suspended the trips of their students abroad.

increase in crime

The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, a former policeman confined by covid-19, promised to “arrest and prosecute” the author of the shooting, before attacking the proliferation of weapons in the country: more than “400 million” in private hands , he remembered.

The homicide rate in the country “is 26 times higher” than in other developed countries, said the mayor, who was elected with the promise of offering security to the almost nine million inhabitants of the US financial capital.

On Monday, President Joe Biden announced new measures against the proliferation of firearms that killed 45,000 people in 2021 in the country, according to the organization Gun Violence Archive. The White House often speaks of an “epidemic.”

Since the covid-19 pandemic, New York City has seen an increase in crime. The number of homicides went from 319 to 488 in 2021, despite the fact that the annual balance is far from the 2,000 that occurred in the early 1990s.

In the first quarter of 2022, the number of shootings and shootings in New York went from 260 to 296 compared to the same period in 2021, according to police data released last week.

“We are tired of reading the big headlines against crime, whether it is a shooting, the loss of a teenage girl or a 13-year-old boy. This must stop,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul, referring to several recent victims – including minors – of shootings or stray bullets. (I)

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