A man opened fire on a New York City subway car injuring ten, five critically. Multiple others were injured in the ensuing chaos. The shooter opened a cannister filling the car with smoke and donned a gas mask before firing, reports say. It happened in the morning rush around 8:30, April 12, 2022.
Police received calls around 8:30 a.m. to come to the 36th Street station. The shooter fired shots that “hit people on the train and the nearby platform,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. The police are searching for a heavy set man wearing a green vest and gray sweatshirt.
Social media posts showed the chaos. This is a developing story.
Police said that smoke bomb-type devices were used at the 36th Street station. Trains have been shut down.
An explosion was reported at the 36th Street station but not confirmed. Bomb squad units are now at the scene investigating suspicious devices. However, the explosion is not confirmed.
Suspect description: Black male, 5’5″ tall, weight approx. 180 lbs., wearing black pants, construction type vest and carrying large black bag.
Blood at the scene of the subway shooting:
Police are using CCTV video and images to assist in finding the subway shooter. Some unconfirmed reports say that the cameras at the 36th Street station were not in operation at the time of the shooting, however.
Officials are saying there are no active explosive devices inside the station after some reports of explosives.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement, “We will not allow New Yorkers to be terrorized even by a single individual. We will find him.” Adams, who is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, made the statement via recorded video.