Police believe the gunman involved in Tuesday morning’s shooting in Brooklyn is connected to a rented U-Haul with Arizona plates (Pictures: Getty / Rex)
Police are searching for the man who detonated a smoke canister and opened fire on a Brooklyn subway car Tuesday morning, shooting 10 people and sparking terror during the morning rush-hour.
Twenty-nine people went to Brooklyn hospitals to be treated for injuries following the shooting. Ten people were shot, and of those five were left in critical, but stable condition, officials said.
Police have declared the gunman, who is still on the run, to be an ‘active shooter.’ He has been described as a man of ‘heavy build,’ who is 5 feet and 5 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.
Officials are also on the lookout for a U-Haul van with Arizona license plates AL31408, that they believe is linked to the suspect.
The shooting broke out just before 8.30 am on a Manhattan-bound subway car. As the train approached the 36th Street subway station in Sunset park, Brooklyn, the suspected gunman put on a gas mask and released a smoke canister. He then opened fire with a .380 caliber handgun, law enforcement officials said.
No images of the suspect have been made public, as officials have confirmed that the security cameras at the 36th Street station were not working.
Police have obtained an image of the suspect from a video taken by a bystander, according to ABC News, but officials are still working on identifying the man.
During a news conference Tuesday, New York City Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the suspected gunman wore a gas mask, a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt when he opened fire this morning.
A gun and a bag containing smoke canisters and fireworks were recovered at the scene. Officials believe the gun used in the shooting may have been jammed, preventing the gunman from injuring more people in the gruesome attack.
Firefighters responded to the subway station after receiving reports of smoke. Graphic photos and videos of the incident have been shared across social media, revealing blood-stained subway platform floors and injured people laying across the ground.
Videos also captured the moment dozens of panicked commuters fled the smoke-filled subway train.
Police have also reportedly been searching the city’s subway tunnels for the gunman, who they believe may have jumped into the tracks to flee the crime scene.
NYPD officials say there were no known explosives on the subways. A motive for the crime is still unknown.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who is currently in quarantine with Covid-19, told NY1, ‘We are going to remain vigilant and catch the person responsible.’
New York Governor Kathy Hochul was also at the scene for an afternoon news conference.
White House officials including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have all been briefed on the situation, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
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