Mayor’s office excoriated for sharing subway video hours after shooting
The New York City Mayor’s Office received backlash after posting a video of a subway train pulling into a station just hours after 10 people were shot and 23 injured in Brooklyn.
The Mayor’s Office tweeted the video calling NYC the ‘greatest city in the world’ just 13 hours after the tragic mass shooting in Brooklyn’s 36 Street Station during rush hour traffic on Tuesday.
The video showed a 6 train pulling into an unknown station late at night, despite the fact that subway crimes are up more than 60 percent. The 6 train was not affected by the Brooklyn shooting.
Angry New Yorkers took to Twitter to criticize the office’s tone-deaf message, telling them to ‘read the room’ as the last thing they wanted to see was a subway train.
‘Maybe not the best day for a subway post…’ Twitter user Michael White wrote.
‘Y’all have some nerve tweeting this…’ another user agreed.
‘Last thing I wanna see is a subway train on my feed. Poor taste. Love to see my taxes NOT at work,’ a woman named Nat wrote.
‘Why did you post this today omg,’ one user wrote.
Another user Murat E. disagreed with the office, saying that the Big Apple isn’t what it used to be. He wrote: ‘It used to be…Not anymore…we need strong police.’
The Mayor’s Office called NYC the ‘greatest city in the world’ just 13 hours after 10 people were shot in Brooklyn on a subway train
The video showed a 6 train pulling into an unknown station. The green line was not affected by the Brooklyn shooting
NYPD have released a photo of a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shooting.
Frank James, 62, has been named a person of interest in the attack and police have said they want to speak with him.
‘We are looking to determine if he has any connection to the train,’ said NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.
‘We know Mr. James rented that U-Haul truck in Philadelphia.’
The key of the U-Haul van was found at the crime scene in the subway, the official said. The van was found five miles from the scene of the shooting.
Keechant Sewell, the NYPD chief, said they recovered from the scene a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, extended magazines, a hatchet, gasoline, consumer-grade fireworks and a hobby fuse.
‘We still do not know the suspect’s motivation,’ said Sewell.
Sewell said James made concerning social media posts about homelessness in New York City, and threats to Mayor Eric Adams. Adams’s security was stepped up as a result.
‘This person of interest in today’s subway shooting in Brooklyn has made past comments about @NYCMayor,’ said Adams’s spokesman, Fabien Levy.
‘Out of an abundance of caution, @NYPD will increase Mayor Adams’ security presence until this man has been questioned.’
The officials said James has addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin, and they are still investigating whether he has ties to New York.
‘This is Frank James. He is a person of interest in the shooting that took place on the N train in Brooklyn Tuesday morning,’ they tweeted.
‘Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked
Twitter users slammed the Mayor’s Office for its tone-deaf tweet, telling them to ‘read the room’ and that they had ‘nerve tweeting this…’
to call at 1-800-577-TIPS.’
Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to James’s arrest. The MTA and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 both offered $12,500 each in reward money and the New York City Police Foundation offered $25,000 in reward money to bring the total reward offering to $50,000.
No arrests have been made.
Police on Tuesday evening said the gunman fired 33 shots.
James opened fire on a Brooklyn subway shortly before 8.30am on Tuesday morning, shooting 10 people and leaving 13 more injured.
Investigators believe they know who the gunman is, having identified the suspect after finding a credit card at the scene that was also used to rent the U-Haul cargo van, two law enforcement sources told CNN.
A federal law enforcement source told Newsweek the suspect was the previously known to the FBI, having been entered into the Guardian Lead system in New Mexico.
The system is the FBI’s way of coordinating information from other law enforcement partners about potential terrorism-related threats and suspicious activity reports.
He was cleared after multiple interviews in 2019.
The federal law enforcement source said that he is believed to have driven to New York from New Mexico.
The FBI has now joined the hunt for him and armed police units are patrolling Brooklyn for any clue of his whereabouts.
NYPD has located the U-Haul believed to have been used in Tuesday morning’s subway shooting abandoned in the street in Brooklyn, five miles from the scene of the crime.
DailyMail.com obtained an alert that was issued to officers telling them that the suspect is connected to a U-Haul with an Arizona license plate AL31408.
Police sources tell DailyMail.com the van was rented in Philadelphia. U-Haul is now helping with the search. The U-Haul was located late on Tuesday afternoon near Kings Avenue in Brooklyn, but there is still no sign of the suspect.
Police evacuated people from the immediate area after the van’s discovery.
‘Police came for the van and told us to clear the store,’ said the manager of nearby King’s Piano World on Kings Highway.
He told DailyMail.com: ‘Police blocked off the area. People were told not to walk in the area. They told us it was dangerous.’
The rental agreement obtained by CNN shows that the U-Haul reservation was made on April 6, and was scheduled to be picked up on April 11 at 2.01 pm ET.
The van was supposed to be rented for two days, according to the reservation.
Sebastien Reyes, U-Haul Vice President of Communications, said: ‘Law enforcement has alerted us to its search for a rental van and its possible connection to a suspect in today’s incident in New York City.
NYPD are hunting for Frank James, 62, described as a ‘person of interest’ in the Brooklyn subway shooting
James pictured on his YouTube channel
This bag of fireworks, wire and firecrackers was recovered from the scene of the shooting on Tuesday after the suspect fled
NYPD officers received this alert on Tuesday taking them to a U-Haul (pictured) that the suspect may be driving. The van was rented in Philadelphia but has Arizona plates
‘We are working closely with authorities to ensure they have any and all available information to meet their needs.’
There is a heightened police presence all over the city, particularly on the subway, and some schools in Brooklyn have been told to shelter in place.
Witnesses have described how the gunman calmly put on a gas mask on the slow-moving train this morning at 8.24am then tossed a smoke grenade down the carriage, causing havoc among commuters, before opening fire.
The terrified commuters rushed to the other end of the train to try to get through to the next car but the door was locked. They were trapped on the train until it reached the next station.
Video shows the moment the doors opened and wounded passengers spilled onto the platform, trailing blood.
The video showed blood-covered victims strewn across the ground at the subway station as smoke billowed out of the train.
One person was seen lying still on the floor with their hands over their face and their legs raised after the terrifying attack.
Others had lost shoes and had their clothes torn as the New York subway’s speaker system blared out messages to the passengers.
Commuters poured out of the train covered in blood as smoke filled the station around 8.30am
Commuters ran off the train, screaming for others to run to safety
This is how the horror shooting unfolded on Tuesday morning on the northbound N train at 8.24am as it approached 36th Street station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
The shooting took place on the N train as it pulled into 36 Street Station
BROOKLYN SUBWAY SHOOTING – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
- Unidentified gunman wearing grey hoodie and green construction vest opened fire on northbound N train at 8.24am
- Police have described Frank James as ‘a person of interest’
- He is known to the FBI, having been on their radar in New Mexico until he was cleared following ‘multiple interviews’ in 2019
- He is believed to have travelled from New Mexico
- A U-Haul was rented in Philadelphia and used in connection with the shooting
- That U-Haul was found five miles from the scene on King’s Highway, Brooklyn
- A credit card found on the scene of the shooting matched the credit card used to rent the U-Haul
- The suspect put on a gas mask then detonated a smoke bomb that was in his bag before firing the first shots
- Panicked commuters tried to flee into the next subway car but the door was locked – they were trapped until the train reached 36th street
- The gunman somehow vanished in the chaos – some fear he may have jumped onto the tracks and entered the subway tunnels
- Police found a .380 handgun and three extended magazines in backpack at the Brooklyn station
- Sixteen people were taken to NYC hospitals – ten were shot, four suffered smoke inhalation and another two were in shock
- NYPD is going door-to-door in Brooklyn asking for information, surveillance camera footage and pictures
- Anyone with information about the shooting or gunman is urged to call 800 577 TIPS
Commuters were screamed at to get on a different train to safety while the wounded were treated by emergency services.
DailyMail.com can confirm that a .380 handgun was found inside the station, along with three extended magazines; one was empty, one was full and a third was jammed in the gun.
Another bag was discovered that contained a batch of Falcon Rising fireworks and Seismic Wave firecrackers. It’s unclear what he intended to do with them.
The gunman then disappeared from 36th Street, where no security cameras were in operation.
Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, told WCBS Radio 880 AM that a preliminary review indicates there appeared to be some sort of malfunction with the camera system at the subway station in Tuesday’s shooting.
Adams said investigators are trying to determine whether one camera malfunctioned or whether cameras throughout the entire station malfunctioned.
Janno Lieber, the chair and CEO of the Metro Transportation Authority (MTA), told CNN there are almost 10,000 cameras in the system including almost 600 cameras on the Brooklyn section of where the attack happened.
He did not comment on why they were not working.
NYPD units are now scouring the city’s empty subway tunnels to find the suspect and a city alert has been issued. but ten 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.
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 asked New Yorkers to send photos, videos or any pieces of information that they thought may be relevant to police.
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.’
Adams asked anyone with information, photos or videos of the suspect to come forward.
Governor Kathy Hochul said: ‘This morning ordinary New Yorkers woke up in anticipation of a relatively normal day. They left their homes, went to school, their jobs and to a normal life.
‘That was brutally disrupted by an individual so cold hearted and depraved of heart. This individual is still on the loose – this person is dangerous. This is an active shooter situation right now in the city of New York.’
Schools surrounding the subway station were ordered to shelter in place and an amber alert was issued throughout much of the city.
One witness, Yav Montano, told CNN that he was on the northbound N train between 59th Street in Brooklyn and 36th Street when a smoke bomb went off inside the carriage.
‘I thought he was an MTA worker at first because I was like, I didn’t like pay too much attention. You know? You’ve got the orange on,’ he said.
‘It was crazy. I take the N train every morning to get to where I need to work. From 59th Street to 36th Street, the N-train is express, is where all the dramatics happened.
Members of the New York Police Department patrol the streets after a rush-hour shooting at a subway station in the New York borough of Brooklyn on April 12, 2022
‘I’m in the third part of the express N train. The smoke grenade went off two minutes before we got to 36th street platform. The train was inching towards. It seemed like it was planned.
‘This smoke bomb, and what I thought was fireworks, but I’m hearing it was gunshots. I have no words for what I could see. I was in the car – I was in the front end of the third car. Everything happened at the back end.
‘People started migrating to the front of the car. I don’t know if people know this, it’s one of those old things where they locked the door to stop people traveling between trains.
‘There were people in the other car who saw what was happening and they tried to open it but couldn’t. There was blood on the floor, a lot of blood trailing on the floor.
‘At the time, I didn’t think it was a shooting. It sounded like fireworks.
‘People trampling over each other, trying to get over each other. Thankfully the train moved to the next stop and everyone filed off the train,’ he said.
Cemil Toseglu, who runs a store opposite the station, told how his terrified 17-year-old daughter was on the train on her way to school when it was attacked.
He told DailyMail.com: ‘My daughter was going to school and was on the same train when it happened. She said there was smoke and she was told to get into the other train.
Governor Kathy Hochul called the killer ‘coldhearted’ and ‘dangerous’ at press conference. The killer is still at large more than 12 hours after the shooting
‘She’s now safe and came to my office before I sent her home. She is okay but is a little surprised. I didn’t think it was that serious but she then told me people were yelling that it was a man with a gun and maybe a bomb.’
An FDNY spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘Originally, the call came in as smoke in the subway station. Upon arrival, officers found multiple people shot and undetonated devices.’
The worst mass shooting in New York’s transit system was in December 1993, when Colin Ferguson opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train from New York City, killing six and injuring 19.
Other train passengers stopped the perpetrator by tackling and holding him down. Mentally unstable, he fired his lawyers then called for President Bill Clinton to appear at his trial, and was sentenced to six life sentences.