Shootings in the New York subway, in the borough of Brooklyn, left at least 16 injured on Tuesday according to the latest relief report. An important security device has been put in place at 36th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, where the events occurred in the morning. At least 10 people were injured by bullets, but none are in mortal danger.
“At 8:27 a.m., the police received an emergency call from a person who was shot in the subway” in Brooklyn, had confirmed earlier to a New York police spokeswoman, who asked the public to avoid the area. Explosive devices were found at the scene, authorities said.
The attack is not currently the subject of a “investigation for terrorist act”, said city police chief Keechant Sewell. “As the train pulled into the station, the individual put on a gas mask. He then opened a canister that was in his bag and the (metro) car filled with smoke. After that he started to pull”said Ms. Sewell.
Scenes of chaos
On social networks, amateur photos and videos showed pools of blood and people lying on the floor of a subway train and on the platform of the “36th Street” station. Scenes of chaos were filmed and photographed, with crowds emerging from smoky subway cars. According to one of the passengers, Yav Montano, speaking on CNN“a smoke grenade…a bomb, went off I would say two minutes before we got to the station”. “It looked like it was planned (…) We were stuck in the car (…) there was blood on the ground. There was a lot of blood on the ground,” added this man.
A wanted man
A spokesman for the fire department told AFP that “untriggered explosive devices” had been found on the spot, but none “operable explosive device” according to the police. A man is wanted by the New York police, details the franceinfo journalist. He wears a workman’s suit and a gas mask. New York State Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul said she was monitoring the situation and was being kept informed of the investigation into the event.
President Joe Biden has been notified of the shooting and the White House has offered assistance to New York authorities, executive spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.