Gunman sets off smoke bomb, fires 10 on NYC subway

A masked gunman set off a smoke bomb and opened fire inside a New York City subway car today, injuring 16 people and throwing the morning commute into chaos in the latest violence in the city’s transit system city, officials said.

Ten people were shot in the incident, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said, without saying how the other injuries occurred.

The perpetrator was still at large and the incident was not currently being investigated as an act of terrorism, Ms Sewell said, but would not rule anything out as a motive.

Smoke billowed as the train pulled into the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood and opened, video showed. The riders trapped inside spilled out, some collapsing to the ground. Footage showed streaks of blood on the platform.

“This morning, as an N train bound for Manhattan was waiting to enter the 36th station, an individual on that train donned what appeared to be a gas mask, then pulled a canister from his bag and ‘has opened,” Ms Sewell told a news conference.

“The train at this point began to fill with smoke. It then opened fire, hitting several people on the tube and on the platform,” Ms Sewell added.

The suspect was reported as a large black male, wearing a green construction-type vest and hoodie, Ms Sewell said.

Outside the 36th Street station, in an area known for its thriving Chinatown and views of the Statue of Liberty, authorities closed off a dozen blocks and cordoned off the immediate area with a yellow strip of crime scene.

Tacho Ramos, who worked at a grocery store near the station, said he initially thought a fight had broken out on the train when he noticed a commotion.

“But then I saw all the police. … This country is like that. It’s crazy. Today it’s New York, tomorrow it’s Washington, then it’s Chicago,” he said. he declares.

“Creepy”

US President Joe Biden and US Attorney General Merrick Garland have been briefed on the latest developments in the shooting, the White House and Justice Department said. White House staff were in contact with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the police commissioner to offer any assistance, the White House said.

Juliana Fonda, a broadcast engineer at radio station WNYC, told local news site Gothamist that she heard gunshots while in a nearby subway car.

“The reaction from the passengers was terrifying because they were trying to get into our car away from something happening at the back of the train,” she said.

In recent months, New York has seen an increase in gun violence in general and a series of attacks on the city’s public transit system, one of the oldest and most extensive in the world.

Local and federal law enforcement officials gathered at the scene, watched by small crowds of people on sidewalks huddled against buildings in a drizzle. Many officers could be seen donning tough armor and helmets.

Commuter Konrad Aderer was in the stairwell about to enter the 36th Street station when he saw a man with bloody legs explaining what had happened to a worker at the station booth .

“He just said there were a lot of people bleeding,” Aderer told Fox News in a phone interview. “He took it upon himself to make sure people were alert, despite the injuries.”