Subway station shootings: New York police don’t suspect an act of terrorism

Status: 04/13/2022 06:38

At least 23 people were shot and injured in a New York subway station. The attacker is on the run. The police do not currently assume a terrorist past.

A previously unknown suspect fired into a New York City subway, injuring several people. The number of injured has now risen to 23, including ten from gunshot wounds, a New York Fire Department spokeswoman said. Five people are in serious but not life-threatening condition.

The suspect is on the run, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. According to previous discoveries, he put on a gas mask on an N subway train in the Brooklyn district and then opened a canister in a pocket from which smoke was billowing into the car. He then opened fire. Footage from the 36th Street train and subway station in Brooklyn shows bloodied people lying on the ground as others tend to them.

At this time, police do not suspect a terrorist attack, the police chief said. However, the investigation has only lasted a few hours and the situation could still change. The attacker is unstable and dangerous. Investigators are looking for a man wearing a gas mask and a work jacket.

“There was ‘only one shooting'”, Peter Mücke, ARD New York, on the New York subway incident

tagesschau24 6:00 PM, April 12, 2022

Shots were fired at rush hour

The shots were fired during the morning rush hour, it was reported ARD correspondent Peter Mücke. Around 8:30 a.m. local time, the emergency services were alerted, initially because of the smoke. The subway station is located in lower Manhattan in the Sunset Park area of ​​the borough of Brooklyn. Sunset Park was once mostly industrial, but today many young people and families live and work there as well.

Several metro lines meet at the station, whose trains used to stop at the stations. There have been many delays and cancellations. Schools near the station have been temporarily closed, US media quoted a spokesperson for the New York school system as saying. Only school children were allowed in, but no one else and no one left. In recent months, incidents involving firearms have become a growing problem in New York City.

Police deny reports of explosive devices

Initially, there were reports that explosive devices were also found at the station. The police quickly denied on Twitter. However, she asked people to avoid the area around the station.

US President Biden briefed

US President Joe Biden was also notified of the shootings, his spokeswoman said. Senior White House officials are in contact with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and police leadership. If necessary, the government is ready to give the city all the help it needs.

16 injured in New York subway shooting attack

Antje Passenheim, ARD New York, April 12, 2022 9:00 p.m.

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