Search For Suspect in NYC Subway Attack Continues
A manhunt for the suspect who opened fire on passengers riding a subway train in Brooklyn continues on Wednesday. As of Wednesday morning at least 23 people were injured, 10 of them were shot according to reports.
Last night New York City authorities named a person of interest in the investigation, a 62-year old name Frank R. James, after a U-Haul connected to him was recovered on Kings Highway in Gravesend.
According to reports, James rented the U-Haul in Philadelphia and the keys to the van were found to be in the shooters possession. NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig could not confirm if James had any connection to the subway shooting.
However, James’ YouTube channel was discovered to contain rants about Mayor Eric Adams and the United States.
Manhunt for Brooklyn subway gunman intensifies as mass transit shooting rocks NYC https://t.co/wZxBEUV1dQ— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 13, 2022
ABC News reported, “NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell also revealed Tuesday night that additional security will be added to Mayor Eric Adams’ detail due to social media posts from the person of interest that seem to be highly critical of the mayor for his homeless policy.
There is a $50,000 reward for the apprehension of James, who police say had addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin.”
NYPD identifies person of interest in NYC subway shooting and reveals he made 'concerning posts' on social media about homelessness, New York and Mayor Eric Adams: Cops say 62-year-old rented the U-Haul connected to the attackhttps://t.co/EVRlwg3LcI— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 13, 2022
We are aware of and are closely monitoring the developing situation in Brooklyn with federal, state & local partners.— NJ Homeland Security (@NJOHSP) April 12, 2022
We encourage the public in NJ to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or our CT Watch at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or email@example.com.
According to witnesses, they saw the shooter mumble to himself before the attack. The suspect, who was described as a dark-skin male about 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds, tossed gas cannisters on the train confusing passengers before opening fire.
SHOOTING SURVIVOR SPEAKS OUT: "All you see is like a smoke black smoke bomb going off and then people were rushing to the back. This pregnant woman was in front of me. I was trying to help her." Latest #Brooklyn subway shootings updates - https://t.co/gFV2KIZolN pic.twitter.com/Tet59qb5cj— News12BK (@News12BK) April 13, 2022
ABC also reported that a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic handgun, three extended magazines, a hatchet, gasoline, four smoke grenades (two detonated and two undetonated) and bag of consumer grade fireworks were recovered, according to police. They say the gun was not stolen.
News 12 New Jersey also reports that Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulup is said to be increasing security until the shooter is officially caught, due to how intergrated New Jersey’s systems are with New York City.
“When the shooting happened, we knew about it immediately. We deployed resources to the train stations here, for two reasons. First, to make sure residents know that police are visible and they feel safe,” Fulop says.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has also seen his security increase, and is reportedly open to the idea of metal detectors in New York City’s subway systems.
An anchor on CBS asks Mayor Eric Adams about metal detectors on the subway -- "people just need to feel safe" -- and Adams seems open to it. He says he's all for using technology.— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) April 12, 2022
NYC has 472 subway stations (the most in the world) and this idea is very unlikely.