Graphic video and photos emerged in the Brooklyn subway mass shooting after a man wearing a green construction-type vest ignited a smoke bomb and then opened fire inside a busy subway train car.
You can see the videos and photos throughout this story but be forewarned that they are graphic because they show bloodied people lying on the ground.
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.
“Investigators believe they have identified man who rented U-Haul linked to Brooklyn subway shooting suspect. They say van was driven from PA to NY yesterday. Police also told Jon that the man has a criminal record…ties to NY, PA and Wisconsin,” News4 journalist Natalie Pasquarella wrote on Twitter. She said reporter Jonathan Dienst obtained the information from sources.
CNN reported that authorities identified the suspect from a credit card he left at the scene. His name has not been released.
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:
Video Showed the Smoke in the Train Car
Speaking in a news conference, the police commissioner described the attack 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.
Video showed smoke billowing out of the subway car as it arrived at the station.
Details were just coming in after the morning incident, and it’s not yet clear exactly how many victims there are or whether anyone has died. It’s also not clear who the suspect is, beyond a general description, and what the motive is for the attack. However, the videos and photos confirmed a chaotic scene on a subway platform at Sunset Park on 36th Street.
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 station reported that they say five people were shot.
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.”
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.
“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.
A Video Showed Blood & People Lying on the Ground Inside the Subway Station
One video circulating on social media (see above) contained a caption that said someone was shot and a fire was lit. There were varied reports of five or six people shot, but authorities have not yet released the number of victims.
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.”
Fox5 also reported on a “possible explosion” at the scene.
One Widely Circulated Photo Showed Bloodied People Lying on the Ground
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.”
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.”