NEW YORK – Police are searching for a "person of interest" in the chaotic attack on a Brooklyn subway during rush hour Tuesday morning, a man they say posted violent ramblings online.
But authorities stopped short of saying the man they identified, Frank James, 62, was considered a suspect. Police said he was not in custody as of Tuesday night and no charges were filed.
No one died but the attack left at least 29injured, New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at an evening news conference.James has ties to both Wisconsin & Philadelphia,authorities said.
The attacker, wearing a gas mask, set off two smoke grenades before shooting. He fled the Brooklyn platform in the panic, leaving a subway car filled with screaming commuters and bleeding victims.
At least 10people were shot & at least 19other were taken to hospital for injuries ranging from smoke to shrapnel wounds.Gunman fired 33times with a Glock 17 9mm semi-handgun,which was found subway.
Searching the subway car, investigators also found two non-detonated smoke grenades, a hatchet, gasoline, fireworks and a key to a U-Haul van.
The key led police to James, who they said is believed to have rented it in Philadelphia. Authorities found the van in Brooklyn near a subway station where investigators determined the gunman entered
The trainsystem,Chief of Detective JamesEssig said.Sewell noted investigators were poring over socialmedia post appearing to come James where he mentioned homelessness & NewYorkCity MayorEricAdams.
She said the mayor's security detail would be tightened out of an "abundance of caution".We are truly fortunate that this was not significantly worse than it is," Sewell said.
The attack unnerved a city on guard about a rise in gun violence and the threat of terrorism. It left some New Yorkers jittery about riding the nation’s busiest subway system.