Brendan McDermid via Reuters
UNITED STATES – At least 13 people were injured in a shooting on the New York City subway, a spokesman for the city’s fire department said Tuesday, April 12.
A vital security device was installed at 36th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn where the facts took place. “At 8:27 a.m., police received an 911 call from a person who was shot on the subway,” a New York City Police Department spokeswoman previously confirmed to AFP in Brooklyn, urging the public to avoid the area.
Photos and amateur video showed pools of blood and people lying on the floor of a subway train and on the platform at the 36th Street station. Several images taken by users also show smoke escaping from a train. A spokesman for the fire brigade told the AFP news agency that “unexploded explosive devices” had been found. According to a police tweet, “there are currently no operational explosive devices”.
Regarding the multiple people who were shot dead at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are currently NO active explosive devices. Any witnesses are asked to come forward @NYPDTips did #800577TIPS. Please stay away from the area. Other information provided when available. pic.twitter.com/8UoiCAXemB
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 12, 2022
School children have been placed in schools near the subway station, authorities said. No information was given on the number of schools affected.
296 shootings in New York in the first quarter of 2022
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter that “the US President has been briefed on the New York shooting” and that “White House teams are in contact with the mayor.” [de New York, Éric] Adams and the police commissioner [Keechant] Sewell to offer assistance if needed”. Joe Biden announced new measures against the proliferation of firearms on Monday.
@POTUS was updated on the latest developments regarding the New York subway shooting. Senior White House officials are in touch with Mayor Adams and Police Commissioner Sewell to offer assistance if needed.
—Jen Psaki (@PressSec) April 12, 2022
According to several American media outlets, including the New York Times, Police are looking for a man wearing a gas mask and orange overalls worn by construction workers in the megacity of nearly 9 million people.
New York State’s Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul said she is monitoring the situation and will be kept informed as the incident is being investigated.
New York’s new Democratic Mayor, Eric Adams, elected on safety promises, launched a plan to combat gun proliferation in late January after two police officers were shot dead during an intervention. But other gun dramas have also made headlines since then.
For the first quarter of 2022 (January 1 to early April), the number of shootings and shootings in New York increased by 260 to 296 compared to the same period in 2021, according to NYPD figures released last week.
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