Brooklyn Shooting: Attack on Brooklyn Subway

16 people were injured, including 10 shot, in an attack on Brooklyn Subway

Parker Harms, Business Manager

A mass shooting on 12 April 2022 leads to panic on New Your City subway. At least 16 people were injured, 10 of them by gunfire after a man released a canister of smoke and opened fire on an N train.

At around 8:24 a.m., a man wearing a construction vest, put on a mask and started firing shots that hit people on the train and on the nearby platform during the Tuesday morning rush.

The Fire Department said that five people were in critical condition, none of them having suffered from life-threatening injuries. The explosive and violent episode came amid a heightened fear of crime as New York City had difficulty recovering from the pandemic and opening up after quarantine.

The shots set off a panic and chaos as riders fled from the train and the station though the waves of smoke. The act is not being investigated as an act of terrorism at this time.

The police were seeking a man with a heavy build who had been wearing a green construction vest and a gray sweatshirt, Commissioner Sewell stated.

John Butaikares, 15, a freshman at Brooklyn Technical High School, said his ride on a northbound R train from Bay Ridge had been calm. He said when the doors opened, the conductor directed passengers waiting on the platform to rush inside.

Patrick Berry, 41, said he was waiting at the 25th Street station, when the train arrived and he and his 3-year-old daughter boarded, the train did not move. He described people coming from the front of the train.

At the front of the train, three victims were being attended to by bystanders. A uniformed police officer approached, asking passengers to call 911 because his radio was not working. One teenager, who identified as Fitim, had a hole in his pants that he stats  came from a bullet.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the system, stats that fears over safety have diminished confidence and keeps riders off the subway, which is considered to be a lifeblood of the city and a key to its economic rebound.

Mass shooting leads to panic in New York City subway. (Photo curtesy of The New York Times)