On Tuesday, April 12, a gunman opened fire on multiple passengers on a subway train in Brooklyn, New York.
Witnesses say the gunman, wearing a gas mask, dropped a smoke bomb and began firing at people on a southbound B train at 36th Street station in Brooklyn.
Panic spread and passengers opened the subway doors to escape. At least 8 people were shot and 16 were injured, according to FDNY. The NYPD report denied that the man wore a construction work or worked for the city.
– Christopher Kum (KristopherKum) April 12, 2022
The incident took place at 8:30 am during the crowd. Eight people who were shot have been taken to hospital. Police did not provide details about their condition.
Update: Law enforcement says @ abc7NY Based on the video evidence, they believe that the suspect in the gas mask threw a smoke bomb at the train car when the door closed and started firing. Southbound B train. Victims leave at 36th St.
– Derrick Waller (@WallerABC7) April 12, 2022
The gunman was described as a 5′-6 “black man in a green vest. He fled before the train stopped at the 36th Street station near Sunset Park.
“I pray for those injured in the tragic Brooklyn subway attack,” Representative Hekim Jeffries (DN.Y.) tweeted. “Together we will go through #BrooklinStrong.”
Crime on the NYC subway has increased by 81%, according to the NYPD. Ridership has gradually increased since the epidemic in 2020, but subway ridership is still 40% lower, according to Fox News.