Brooklyn Subway Shooting: Multiple Shot at Sunset Park

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Multiple people were shot during rush hour at the Brooklyn Subway station at Sunset Park on April 12, 2022 by a man wearing a green construction type vest, according to the New York Police Department.

Mayor Eric Adams told CNN that 16 people were wounded, 10 from gunshots. The Associated Press reported that 29 people were injured in all from smoke inhalation, gunshots, and other things. Five people are in critical condition. All are expected to survive.

According to the Associated Press, police were searching for, and then found, an “unoccupied U-Haul van in Brooklyn” that matched the van being sought in connection with the attack. The suspect is at large. The New York Post reported that the suspect’s gun jammed, preventing further carnage.

NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell ensured the public there are “no known explosive devices on our subway trains and this is not being investigated as an act of terrorism at this time.”

Here’s what you need to know:

The Police Commissioner Said the Gunman ‘Took a Canister Out of His Bag’

Speaking in a news conference, she described it as a “violent incident” on the Manhattan-bound N line.

No one has life-threatening injuries, she said. The commissioner said the gunman, just before 8:24 a.m., “donned what appeared to be a gas mask. He then took a canister out of his bag and opened it. The train at that time began to fill with smoke. He then opened fire, striking multiple people on the subway and in the platform.”

She described him as a “male, black,” about 5 foot 5 inches tall, with a heavy build, wearing a green “construction type vest” and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Previous news reports had similar descriptions of the suspect. NBC New York described the suspect as “a man about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds who was wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest,” according to law enforcement sources. The television station reported that they say five people were shot.

Video showed smoke billowing out of the subway car as it arrived at the station.

One man wrote that he survived a mass shooting.

A witness told The New York Post that the suspect was a “5-foot-5 black man, around 170 pounds wearing an orange vest and gas mask,” and said she saw him drop “some kind of cylinder that sparked at the top.” The suspect is at large.

“I thought he was an MTA worker at first because I was like, I didn’t like pay too much attention. You know? You’ve got the orange on,” she said to the newspaper.

According to the New York Daily News, the man, wearing a construction vest, “tossed a smoke bomb into a southbound R train and then opened fire on passengers” as the subway doors closed. Daily News reported that the man was also carrying construction tools.

The New York Times reported that 13 people were injured.

There were also unconfirmed reports on social media of explosions at the shooting scene. Fox5 also reported on a “possible explosion” at the scene. However, NBC New York reported that undetonated explosive devices were found.

“In regard to the multiple people shot at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time. Any witnesses are asked to call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. Please stay clear of the area. More provided information when available,” NYPD tweeted.

New York police have not yet released the number of victims shot or a suspect or suspects. It’s not clear what the motive is, but crime in New York – and in the subway – has been a growing concern.

A graphic photo emerged from inside the station, showing bloodied people lying on the ground. You can see it below, but be forewarned that it’s disturbing.

CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted, “Local Brooklyn official tells @jamiestelter that preliminary info indicates five people were injured in the subway shooting in Sunset Park. Subject to change.”

There Were so Many Gunshots One Woman Said She ‘Lost Count’

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One woman told The New York Post that there were so many gunshots she “lost count.”

The Derek French Photo page on Twitter shared the above photo and wrote, “Multiple people shot at 36 street station by two people in #sunsetpark. All are currently being transported to the hospital #NewYork #Brooklyn.” He describes himself as a New York photojournalist.

French was immediately inundated by New York news outlets asking to use his photo.

NYC Fire Wire tweeted, “Brooklyn *10-75* Box 7032. 36th St & 4th Ave. MCI – Multiple people shot in the subway. RTF to staging.”

One Man Described Seeing ‘a Young Guy Who Was Bleeding From the Legs’

Konrad Aderer tweeted, “I was heading into 36th Street Station in Brooklyn when a young guy who was bleeding from the legs said people were injured and bleeding. I’m safe, almost back home #SunsetPark.”

NYPD News tweeted, “ADVISORY: Due to an investigation, avoid the area of 36th Street and 4th Avenue area in Brooklyn. Expect emergency vehicles and delays in the surrounding area.”

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