April 12, 2022

USA: Man Wearing A Gas Mask Released Canister Of Smoke Opened Fire On A Subway Train In Brooklyn This Morning, 13 People Shot. Cameras Were Not Working On The Subway. Guns, Key Found.

NY Post
written by Joe Marino, Larry Celona, Craig McCarthy and Gabrielle Fonrouge
Tuesday April 12, 2022

A madman disguised as a construction worker turned a Brooklyn subway car into a bloodbath during the early-morning rush Tuesday, setting off smoke bombs before opening fire and wounding 29, officials said.

The shooter — who has yet to be apprehended — was wearing a neon orange and green construction vest and a neon green helmet and muttering to himself on a Manhattan-bound N train when he unleashed bloody havoc just before 8:30 a.m.

The gunman suddenly put on a gas mask and released two smoke grenades as the car pulled into the 36th Street station in Sunset Park, cops said.

“Oops, my bad,” the suspect mumbled, according to witness Fitim Gjeloshi, after opening the canister and then pulling out an ax and dropping it to the floor.

As the crowded subway car filled with smoke, the shooter took out a 9mm semiautomatic Glock and fired 33 rounds at commuters, hitting 10 victims and leaving at least 19 others wounded. Those hurt included two teens ages 15 and 19, a pregnant woman who was shot in the leg, seven men and three women, law-enforcement sources said.

Of the ten victims hit by gunfire, five were listed in critical but stable condition, while others suffered from smoke inhalation and other related injuries.

Police later identified Frank James, 62, as a “person of interest” in the shooting but have not yet determined if he was the triggerman.

James had previously railed against Mayor Eric Adams and made bizarre threatening rants on YouTube.

He said he’d been treated for mental-health issues at a facility with “violence,’’ not “physical but the kind of violence a child experiences in grade school … that would make him go get a gun and shooting motherf–kers.”

A straphanger named Claire who witnessed the shooting said of the gunman, “I thought he was an MTA worker at first,” adding so many rounds were fired, she “lost count.”

The gun used by the shooter, who had three extended magazines on him, jammed in the midst of the bloodshed. One of the magazines was found in a backpack, the other on a seat and the third in the weapon.

The gun’s malfunction was a fluke that law-enforcement sources likened to a miracle.

“It was lucky that it jammed because we could be talking about a lot more people in hospitals or worse,’’ a law-enforcement source said.

“Dozens more people would have been wounded or more seriously injured.’’


Footage taken from the chaotic scene showed screaming passengers spilling out onto the platform as soon as the train doors opened and clouds of smoke billowing out.

Graphic photos on social media showed the injured lying on bloodstained subway platform floors.

As the mayhem unfolded, straphangers were evacuated to the R train across the platform, where some got off at the next stop and others were rushed to hospitals.

“They just started yelling,” said Gaba Semein, 16, who was at the 36th Street station en route to class when the mayhem unfolded, referring to people around him.

“They told us to switch to the R. Everyone got on, including a guy who got shot. He hobbled on.”

Cops initially believed the suspect blended in with other commuters and boarded the R train before getting off at the next stop on 25th street and fleeing but police are still investigating exactly how he escaped.

Their investigation was hampered by what Mayor Adams called a “malfunction” with the subway station’s cameras, which weren’t working on the platform or the turnstiles at the time of the incident, law-enforcement sources said.

While the suspect was already on the train after having entered at another location, the surveillance footage could have caught him leaving after the attack.

“We do know that there was a problem with the camera at that particular station. We’re investigating if there were any video footage there but at this time we’re tracking down a number of leads,” Adams said on 1010Wins.

Late Tuesday afternoon, cops found a U-Haul van with Arizona plates in Gravesend that was rented by James, and law-enforcement sources said they believe it was driven to a subway station on Kings Highway before the shooting.

Sources said the driver of the van boarded a train near where the vehicle was parked before briefly getting off at the 62nd Street/New Utrecht Avenue station to walk around. He then hopped back on the subway heading towards Manhattan, the sources added.

Investigators were able to tie the van to James after finding a credit card at the scene that had charges for a gas mask, smoke bombs and the U-Haul rental out of Philadelphia, law-enforcement sources said.

The key to the U-Haul was found at the scene of the shooting, too, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said during an evening news briefing.

A neighbor who saw a black man park the U-Haul on Monday night on West Third Street near Kings Highway reported it to police late Tuesday after realizing there’d been a shooting on a nearby train line.

“Too many coincidences. What are you going to do with a U-Haul in the ass-end of Brooklyn with Arizona plates?” the neighbor said.

But sources said the van tied to James crossed the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge at about 4 a.m. Tuesday before parking near a Brooklyn subway station two hours later.

Authorities have been searching for James in Manhattan homeless shelters after they determined he used his credit card at a Duane Reade on Eight Avenue, sources said. It was unclear when he made the purchase.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the shooting isn’t being investigated as an act of terrorism at the moment and noted none of the victims were of a particular ethnic group, but she also added that no motive has been ruled out.

“At this time we still do not know the suspect’s motivation,” Sewell later said.

The probe

Following a search of the scene, police recovered the jammed gun and the extended magazines, which are capable of holding more bullets than the standard number of rounds found in a typical clip.

Cops also found a slew of other weapons, including a hatchet, a can of pepper spray, two gas canisters, gasoline, two non-detonated smoke grenades, a bag full of fireworks and another satchel holding what appears to be BB pellets at the scene, police and sources said.

An image of one of the bags and obtained by The Post showed a number of smoke bombs, fireworks and a hobby fuse.

Several “undetonated devices” were also around at the scene, the FDNY said, and shortly after, the NYPD tweeted “There are no active explosive devices at this time.”

The FDNY transported 16 patients to NYU Langone of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Maimonides Hospital and another 13 walked themselves to the infirmary.

By late Tuesday, many had been released.

During an afternoon news briefing, a visibly angry Gov. Kathy Hochul decried the bloodshed.

“We say no more — no more mass shootings, no more disrupting lives, no more creating heartbreak for people just trying to live their lives as normal New Yorkers. It has to end, and it ends now,” Hochul said.

“We are sick and tired of reading headlines about crime, whether mass shootings or the loss of a teenage girl or a 13-year-old. It has to stop,” she continued, adding she is “committing the full resources” of the state to cut down on crime.

Adams, who is currently isolated with COVID-19, urged New Yorkers to come forward with any information.

“The suspect in today’s attack detonated smoke bombs to cause havoc. We will not allow New Yorkers to be terrorized even by a single individual. The NYPD is searching for the suspect at large, and we will find him, but we ask the public to come forward with any information that may help us in this investigation,” Adams said.

“I wish to thank all of the first responders who responded to the scene or at the local hospitals, helping with today’s incident. You are what make New York the greatest city in the world, and I thank you for supporting your fellow New Yorkers.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul says the following as she holds back a smile, "Good afternoon. This morning ordinary New Yorkers woke up in anticipation of a relatively normal day. They left their homes en route to school, en route to their jobs and to a normal day as I mentioned. That sense of tranquility and normalness was disrupted, brutally disrupted by an individual so cold hearted and depraved of heart they had no caring about the individuals that they assaulted as they simply went about their daily lives. This individual is still on the loose. This person is dangerous. We're asking individuals to be very vigilant and alert. You'll get more reports on specificity as the day goes on. This is an active shooting situation right now in the city of New York. I just got off the phone with the Mayor. He is recovering well. He's monitoring. He's actively engaged in the situation. I wanted to let him know that the people of the entire state of New York stand with the people of the city, this community, and we say no more. No more mass shootings. No more disrupting lives. No more creating heartbreak for people just trying to live their lives as normal New Yorkers. It has to end. It ends now. We are sick and tired of reading headlines of crime, whether they're mass shootings, or the loss of a teenage girl, or a 13-year-old. It has to stop. I'm committing the full resources of our state to fight this surge of crime, this insanity that is seizing our city because we want to get back to normal. It has been a long hard two years. That's what we crave, that sense of stability and normalcy. And this is what the Mayor and I are going to continue to work toward. And I thank the partners. The brave people of the MTA. The first ones who had the sense, the drivers of the train to leave the station to make sure no more victims could be hurt. The NYPD, the FDNY, state police, everyone involved in this as one purpose to stop the insanity of these crimes. You'll hear now from our fire department. I want to thank them for being their to help us diffuse a volatile situation. But we'll be giving continued reports as this day unfolds. Again we ask everyone to be careful. Be cautious. Report what you see. It's likely that someone out there listening to this is going to help us lead us to that individual. You have a description of what they're wearing. You know the details. But this is the day we pull together as New Yorkers united in a common purpose to say no more. And that is what I'm going to continue to do as the governor of the state of New York working with our local partners right here. Thank you."
Well alrighty then. I feel like she's mocking "normal New Yorkers just trying to live their lives". New Yorkers had their normal lives brutally disrupted by her cold depraved heart when she forced New Yorkers to get the experimental covid19 vaccination in order to earn a living and even to visit businesses. How about her obscene mask mandates. New York Democrat government officials defunded the police. Disrespected the police and the residents of New York when they passed the NO BAIL POLICIES that allowed rampant looting, shooting, assaults, rapes, theft etc. New Yorkers were already living in fear before this mass shooting. Now she and the rest of the Democrats act like they give a damn after their very own policies created this out of control crime problem. Criminals get arrested only to be immediately set free to continue committing more crimes. Democrat laws favor the criminals. This is the Democrat insanity Governor. YOU ARE IN CHARGE and you're sick and tired of reading the headlines of crime? New Yorkers are sick and tired of  BEING THE VICTIMS of the crimes you have allowed.

I also want to point out that the Mayor of NYC exempted professional athletes and performers from covid19 vaccine mandate IMPOSED on city's private employers. He said, "We're doing it (exemption) because the city has to function." However, the Mayor of NYC is FORCING NYC city workers to get the covid19 vaccine. The Mayor said that he's not firing anyone, they're in essence quitting by REFUSING TO COMPLY. But his campaign donors don't have to comply to his OBSCENE VACCINE MANDATE. This asshole is triple covid19 vaccinated and DOUBLED boosted and is still OUT SICK FROM COVID19 in "quarantine" right now. He's preventing people from earning a living unable to feed their families right now because he's forcing people to get an experimental vaccine that doesn't work and could cause them harm. (emphasis mine)
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CBS New York reports, "The latest police data shows transit crime citywide is up 41.5% over the last month and up 65.5% so far this year. The NYPD says there were 30 subway shoving incidents in 2021 compared to 26 the year prior." The reporter tried to get a reaction to this data from NYC Mayor and he slammed the car door in her face. (emphasis mine)

UPDATE 4/13/22 at 1:18pm: Added info below.

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