A manhunt is underway after a gunman shot ten people Tuesday morning aboard a New York City subway during rush hour.
At 8.24am, the gunman – described by witnesses as a 5ft 5 black man, weighing 170lbs, wearing an green construction vest, grey hoodie and gas mask, put on a gas mask and then let off a smoke bomb on a slow-moving northbound N-train as it approached 36th Street station in Brooklyn.
He then opened fire, shooting ten people – five of whom are now in a critical but stable condition. When the train pulled into 36th St, the gunman, somehow, disappeared.
He may have fled onto the tracks, prompting NYPD teams to search tunnels as trains were halted, but he remains at large nearly five hours later. He may also have jumped onto one of the other trains at the station but none of the security cameras inside the station were operating at the time, according to ABC.
The wounded and terrified commuters poured out of the subway doors and onto the platform at 36th Street, where they were filmed writhing on the ground in agony.
The gunman remains at large five hours after the shooting.
NYPD units are now scouring the city’s empty subway tunnels to find the suspect and a city alert has been issued. but nearly five hours later, police are yet to release a single image of him.
Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a press conference that she had not yet ruled out terrorism as a motive but that it was not being investigated as an act of terrorism. She admitted that police still had not yet been able to identify who the gunman was, much less find him.
▶️ Passengers flee after multiple people were shot in the New York City subway, according to police who are searching for the gunman.
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Police are now going door-to-door in Brooklyn asking store owners and residents in apartment buildings if they have any videos of the scene from around the time of the shooting in an attempt to find the gunman.
“I am not ruling anything out at this point,” she said, as she begged New Yorkers to send photos, videos or any pieces of information that they thought may be relevant to police.
Highly criticized NYC Mayor Eric Adams, who is in quarantine after being diagnosed with COVID-19, said in a video message: “We will not allow New Yorkers to be terrorized. The NYPD is searching for the suspect. We will find him.”
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