A gunman detonated a smoke bomb and started shooting inside a subway in Brooklyn, New York, at around 8:30 am.
The shooter wounded 16 people and fled. The suspect is an African-American male, approximately 5’11” tall, with a strong body appearance, said New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, according to The New York Post.
The subject was wearing a “green construction-type vest and “green construction-type vest and a hooded sweatshirt” in gray. Sewell said the man wore a gas mask before opening fire on the subway.
The NYPD, along with the FBI and other authorities, are investigating, reviewing videos, and talking to witnesses to find the person responsible for the incident, according to ABC 7.
Sewell said, “We are asking for the public’s help,” requesting that they call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS for any information about the suspect, photos or videos, etc.
“Investigators assess this was a coordinated attack, but the motive remains unclear,” said a police report at 10:41 am by DHS/CISA.
The NYPD has informed the feds that police have a description of the suspect and have shared it with searchers.
Former NYPD Chief Robert Boyce said. “This perpetrator dropped those smoke cans, if that’s what they are, and shot around, and then exited from that point, he’s not going to stay on there if there’s smoke on there, even if he has the filter mask,” adding that an investigation is underway to see if there is any possible connection to terrorism.
Some injured were found at the 36th Street Underground Station in Sunset Park and others at the 25th Street Station in Greenwood Heights. Fortunately, none were life-threatening.
Ten people suffered gunshot wounds, five of whom are critical but stable. Others suffered machine gun injuries and smoke inhalation poisoning.
In a video by one of the subway passengers, people are seen running out of a smoke-filled carriage. People run towards an exit screaming in horror, and others limp out of the subway. One is seen on the ground, and another person is heard yelling, “Someone call 911!” reported Fox 7.
In other videos and photos from the scene, some people are seen bloodied, and other passengers are on the floor of a train car.
The Grand Street station is taped off. An MTA ( New York Subway Station) worker told CBS2 that trains might arrive slowly. Still, the agency does not want commuters to wait in the shooting area, creating serious delays.