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Brooklyn subway shooting: Gunman shoots 10 in NYC; Police identify 'person of interest'

Brooklyn subway shooting: An attacker detonated a smoke bomb and opened fire at Brooklyn's 36th Street station on Tuesday (AFP)Premium
Brooklyn subway shooting: An attacker detonated a smoke bomb and opened fire at Brooklyn's 36th Street station on Tuesday (AFP)

New York shooting: Authorities found a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the scene, along with extended magazines, a hatchet, both detonated and undetonated smoke grenades, a black garbage can, a rolling cart, and gasoline and a key to a U-Haul van

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The New York Police have named the "person of interest" after a gunman in a gas mask and construction vest set off a smoke grenade and fired a barrage of at least 33 bullets on a Brooklyn subway train, killing at least 10 on Wednesday.

According to the police, Frank R James, 62, is the "person of interest" as he had rented a U-Haul van, possibly connected to the violence. The New York Police Department (NYPD) asked if anyone finds any details on the attacker's whereabouts, may call a hotline. Police say the gunman was roughly 5'5" tall and 170 pounds.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Here's all you need to know about the Brooklyn subway shooting:

  • An attacker detonated a smoke bomb and opened fire at Brooklyn's 36th Street station on Tuesday. The attacker fired his gun 33 times, hitting at least 10 people.
  • Verified video footage posted on social media showed the train pulling into the 36th Street station, and smoke billowing out the doors as passengers rushed off, some injured.
  • According to officials, at least 13 others were injured as they tried to get out of the station or suffered smoke inhalation.
  • A scene of horror unfolded as frightened commuters ran from the train while others limped out of it. At least one rider collapsed on the platform.
  • The gunfire erupted on a train that pulled into a station in the Sunset Park neighborhood, about a 15-minute ride from Manhattan and predominantly home to Hispanic and Asian communities.
  • Authorities found a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the scene, along with extended magazines, a hatchet, both detonated and undetonated smoke grenades, a black garbage can, a rolling cart, and gasoline and a key to a U-Haul van.
  • Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the attack was not being investigated as terrorism, but that she was “not ruling out anything." The shooter's motive was unknown.

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