Brooklyn shooting suspect Frank James arrested with ‘nowhere to run’

Frank R James was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement officials said (Pictures: Youtube/AP)

Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank R James has been arrested, law enforcement officials said Wednesday afternoon.

James, 62, who was wanted in connection to Tuesday morning’s gruesome attack that left 10 people wounded on a Brooklyn subway, was taken into custody in Manhattan, officials told CNN.

Video footage of his arrest shared to social media shows cops in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan leading him to an NYPD car. A citizen had submitted a tip to police claiming he spotted James at a McDonalds in the area, leading to his arrest.

New York City Police Commissioner shared the news during a press conference shortly after his arrest, and said he would be charged for the ‘appalling crime.’

She thanked the hundreds of NYPD officers who worked ‘doggedly’ for the past 30 hours and were able to deliver James’ arrest.

‘We were able to shrink his world quickly. There was nowhere left for him to run,’ Sewell said.

Police had been searching for James since Tuesday afternoon, when they discovered keys to a U-Haul he rented, his credit card and a gun he purchased at the scene of the crime. By Wednesday morning, he was named a suspect in the shooting.

Detectives believe James entered the subway at the Kings Highway station, near where they discovered his rented van. Surveillance footage shows James entering the subway station at 6.15am, two hours before launching his attack on commuters.

Police say the subway stopped in the tunnel between the 59th and 36th Street stations when a man wearing a gas mask released a smoke canister and then began firing his handgun, releasing off a total of 33 shots.

The suspect, described by police as a black male with a ‘heavy build,’ weighing about 170 pounds and standing at 5 foot 5 inches tall had been on the run for over 24 hours.

Video footage obtained by NBC 4 New York appears to show James entering the Kings Highway station early Tuesday morning, wearing an orange MTA construction-style jacket and a yellow hard hat. With him are a duffle bag and a rolling suit case.

A 9mm Glock handgun left at the scene has been traced to James and a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, law enforcement said.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear and the incident isn’t being investigated as an act of terrorism, Sewell said.

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates…


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