At least 29 people were injured — 10 of whom were shot — after a gunman opened fire inside a Brooklyn subway station Tuesday morning, officials said.
During a news conference Tuesday evening at police headquarters in Manhattan, NYPD officials identified a man named Frank James, 62, as a person of interest in the shooting and released two photos.
Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday morning said James had been upgraded to a suspect. The NYPD said he is "considered armed and dangerous."
Frank Robert James is WANTED in connection with firing numerous gunshots inside of a subway car causing serious injuries to 10 victims. There's a reward up to $50,000 for info leading to the arrest & indictment of this person. Any info contact @NYPDTips or call 1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/KishVISIW1— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 13, 2022
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said the discovery of a U-Haul key at the scene of the shooting led to the recovery of a U-Haul van at West Fourth Street and Kings Highway in Brooklyn, which police believe was rented by James in Philadelphia.
Essig initially said that James was just a person of interest in the case.
“We don’t know right now if Mr. James has any connection to the subway. That’s still under investigation,” Essig said at the news conference.
Police said James has addresses in both Philadelphia and Wisconsin.
Anyone with information on James' whereabouts is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
A Manhattan-bound N train was pulling into the 36th Street subway station in Sunset Park just before 8:24 a.m. when a passenger, seated in a rear corner and wearing an orange-green neon vest, put on what appeared to be a gas mask and opened two smoke grenades, Essig said.
As the train began to fill with smoke, the suspect opened fire at least 33 times, striking 10 people before fleeing the scene, according to police.
In addition to the U-Haul key, police said they recovered a Glock-17 9mm handgun, three extended 9mm magazines, two detonated smoke grenades, two non-detonated smoke grenades, a hatchet and gasoline at the scene of the shooting.
The official patient count announced by NYPD officials Tuesday evening was 23, with 10 people shot. An official with NYU Langone Brooklyn had said earlier that the hospital has treated 21 people in connection with the incident, and that 16 of those people have been discharged; and an official with NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital had said that that hospital treated three patients, which added up to a total of 24 patients at the two hospitals. An additional 5 were treated at Maimonides Medical Center, three of whom were discharged by Tuesday evening, Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
Hochul visited victims at Maimonides Tuesday evening. Hochul said four children and an 18-year-old were taken to the hospital. Three of the children were ages 12, 13, and 16.
All five victims were on their way to school when the attack on the N train occurred, the governor said.
Calling into WCBS 880 Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Eric Adams said a preliminary review found that there "appeared to have been some form of malfunction with the camera system" at the 36th Street subway station, but added that the issue was "still under investigation."
"We are communicating with the MTA to find out, was it throughout the entire station, or if it was just one camera," the mayor said. "So that’s still something that we are looking into.”
MTA Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer tweeted that commuters would "not get regular D/N/R service for some time" due to the ongoing police investigation. Service on the B and W lines was also temporarily suspended.
Subway rider Karime Aguilar told NY1 she was exiting the N train when she "saw a lot of smoke."
"While I was exiting the train station, I saw a teenage boy who was shot on his knee," she said. "And it was clear, you can see the bullet, you can see the blood coming out of his knee.",
"When I came out of the train station, I saw two more victims that were injured," she added. "And they were taken in the ambulance.