Multiple people shot, reports of undetonated device in NYC subway: smoke, confusion, cries fill the air

Early reports indicate that five people were shot Tuesday morning in a Brooklyn subway station and that the suspect is still at large.

Police are actively investigating the incident that took place at the 36th St station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that services the “N” and “D” express lines from Coney Island in addition to the “R” local that runs from Bay Ridge to Forest Hills.

While law enforcement explained that five people were shot, officials from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) report that at least 13 people were injured, and at least one is believed to be in critical condition. There had been reports of smoke on the scene and an FDNY spokesperson explained the recovery of an undetonated device.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has continued to update the situation and, while service to the station has been temporarily suspended and citizens are asked to remain out of the area, “there are NO active explosive devices at this time.”

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Members of the NYPD are also asking for witnesses to reach out to their tip line following the incident which was reported to have occurred around 8:30 a.m. It is believed the suspect who fled the scene may have been wearing a gas mask and orange construction vest according to early police reports.

Fox News Digital was able to acquire an additional description of the suspect who they report “is described as a Black male, wearing an MTA uniform, a gas mask and ‘carrying a bookbag.'”

They also confirmed that the NYPD Counterterrorism unit is on scene and that K9s have been dispatched as part of the investigation.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is also conducting an investigation and riders have been asked to find alternate means of transportation along the “B/D/F N/Q/R” train lines as the disruption impacted the flow of traffic throughout the city.

At the time of this reporting, NYC Mayor Eric Adams was receiving updates on the situation in Brooklyn and the ongoing investigations, but had not issued a statement on the matter. Fabien Levy, the hizzoner’s spokesperson shared the NYPD advisory and asked the public to remain clear of the area to allow first responders the space they need to help those injured and conduct a proper investigation.

Governor Kathy Hochul also tweeted out a short statement acknowledging that the situation is developing and, while she has been briefed on what is happening in Brooklyn, her office is working with authorities to provide further updates.

Additionally, President Joe Biden has been updated on the latest developments, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, and the administration is communicating with the mayor and NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell on the possibility of providing further assistance with the incident.

 

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