At Least 10 Shot, 6 Others Injured in NYC Subway

Early Tuesday morning, a man wearing a gas mask opened fire in a moving New York City subway train during rush hour. At least 10 people were shot and six others injured. Police are looking for what they believe to be is one suspect. A Manhattan-bound N train was pulling into the 36th Street Station when shots were fired inside a subway car at about 8:24 a.m., New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters.

Remarkably, none of the wounded have life-threatening injuries. At this time, authorities do not consider the assault to be an act of terrorism, which is evidently a category defined of unique characteristics. “The suspect was in the train car, the shooting began in the train car,” Sewell said during a news conference.

The report continued: “As the train was pulling into the station, the subject put on a gas mask. He then opened a canister that was in his bag and then the car began to fill with smoke. After that he began shooting.” Passengers, including some of the wounded, stumbled out of the train — with a few of them boarding an R train across the platform to get away, law enforcement sources told NBC New York.

In addition to the 10 people shot, at least six others were hurt in the frantic rush to get away from the N train, the FDNY said. The attack triggered a massive law enforcement response to Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood and a manhunt for the suspect, officials said. Personal accounts of those in the train were reported. Commuter Kenneth Foote-Smith called the scene “bedlam” and “like a horror movie.”  Foote said he heard shots coming from a neighboring car as it filled with smoke. Adding to the panic, Foote stated that riders fleeing that smoke-filled car couldn’t get into his car for safety because of a jammed door.

The article continued: “The train stopped just short of the station, presumably for a red light, leading to more panic. “We luckily pulled up to the station very shortly after that. And we all run out once the doors open and it’s absolute bedlam. There’s people fleeing up the stairs. Luckily an R train pulled up, there’s people running into the R train.”

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) initially said several undetonated devices were found at the scene. The NYPD, though, said no “active explosive devices” were immediately located. What was believed to be explosive devices “may just be debris,” law enforcement sources said, according to NBC New York.

As of this writing, Police are looking for a man, believed to be about 5-foot-5, 180 pounds who wore a wear a green construction vest during the attack, officials and sources said. The article has photos of the images of the bloodshed of the wounded people. Former NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea urged the public not to jump to conclusions based on initial reports. “It’s important to know, at a scene such as this, it can be chaotic. You can have all sorts of information coming in and trained investigators then have to sift through that to determine what is reality versus what is what somebody perceived in a split second,” he told MSNBC.

Shea elaborated on the complexity of the crime scene. “This crime scene is only going to grow as time goes on. You have to imagine this occurring on a moving train. So there’s potential that evidence is disturbed. People running out of there frantically. So everyone is kind of at this point, settling down, and now the investigation really starts so witnesses, video, all of this is critically important at this point.” That corner is the site of a busy station that runs the D, N and R trains. There is no service there and at some stations in Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of the mayhem.

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