[UPDATED 4/14/22 @ 1:17 pm] At least 16 shot or hurt in NYC by man wearing gas mask, construction vest

  • The suspected shooter called in a tip on himself and was arrested about an hour later, two law enforcement sources said.
  • Frank James, 62, was charged in federal court with violating a law prohibiting terrorist and other violent attacks against a mass transportation system, a US Attorney said. James allegedly fired at least 33 times, hitting 10 people, authorities said. The motive is still unknown, officials have said. CNN reached out to James’ federal defender for comment.
  • Suspect still at large after Brooklyn subway station shooting. Authorities are now naming 62 year old Frank James as a suspect in connection with the shooting.
  • Of the injured, 10 people were shot, while others were treated for smoke inhalation, shrapnel and panic in the attack, FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said.
  • The MTA and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 both offered $12,500 each in reward money and the New York City Police Foundation offered $25,000 in reward money to bring the total reward offering to $50,000.
  • The New York Police Department said they are seeking a person of interest in connection to the Brooklyn subway shooting who they believe rented the U-Haul van whose keys were found at the scene.
  • Police are investigating whether he has any connection to the shooting and have not named him as a suspect.
  • Officials say they are looking for 62-year-old Frank James who has addresses in both Wisconsin and Philadelphia. Officials believe James rented the U-Haul truck in Philadelphia that was found in Brooklyn.
The NYPD is looking for Frank James, the man who rented a U-Haul truck found near the scene of a shooting in Brooklyn. It is unclear his connection to the event.  (NYPD)
  • Ahead of the briefing, two law enforcement sources told CNN that investigators identified the shooting suspect after finding a credit card at the scene that was used to rent a U-Haul cargo van.
  • The U-Haul cargo van that police say is “connected with” the shooting has also been located in Brooklyn, two law enforcement officials told CNN earlier today.
  • The shooter, who fled the scene, was described as a 5-foot-5-inch Black man with a heavy build wearing a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt.
  • The shooting left at least 29 people injured, who were treated at three nearby hospitals for injuries, none of which are life-threatening, according to hospital representatives.
  • Of the injured, 10 people were shot, while others were treated for smoke inhalation, shrapnel and panic in the attack, FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said.
  • The U-Haul van connected to the subway shooting in Brooklyn was rented on April 11 from a U-Haul store in Philadelphia, according to company records obtained by CNN.
  • The rental agreement obtained by CNN shows that the U-Haul reservation was made on April 6, and was scheduled to be picked up on April 11 at 2:01 p.m. ET.
Emergency personnel form a perimeter around a U-Haul van during an ongoing investigation in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Multiple people were shot and injured Tuesday at a subway station in New York City during a morning rush hour attack that left wounded commuters bleeding on a train platform. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Investigators identified the suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting after finding a credit card at the scene that was used to rent the U-Haul cargo van, two law enforcement sources tell CNN.
  • CNN reported that investigators in New York City were looking for a U-Haul that was allegedly connected to the subway shooting, according to internal NYPD emails viewed by CNN. The emails did not spell how the van was connected to the shooting.
  • The man who fled the scene was described by authorities in a news conference today as a 5-foot-5-inch Black man with a heavy build wearing a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

BREAKING NEW !!!

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) — At least 16 people were shot or otherwise injured after a lone gunman in a reflective vest and possibly a gas mask threw smoke bombs on a subway car in Brooklyn and began shooting Tuesday morning.

A manhunt is now underway as details continue to emerge in this developing situation.

At least four of the victims were found at the 36th Street subway station in Sunset Park and another at the 25th Street station in Greenwood Heights just before 8:30 a.m.

It appears at this time to have happened on the southbound R train, beginning at the 25th Street station. As the doors closed, the suspect threw the smoke bombs and opened fire.

The victims, and presumably the suspect, then got off the subway train at the 36th Street station.

“This perpetrator dropped those smoke cans, if that’s what they are, and shot around, and then exited from that point,” retired NYC Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “He’s not going to stay on there if there’s smoke on there, even if he has the filter mask.”

No arrests have been made, and schools in the area went into a shelter in place as the search continues.

Police were looking at as many as four packages initially deemed suspicious, but they were later determined to be unfounded.

“I saw a lot of people coming out of the train station,” said a man who works in the area. “One of them was injured. I believe it was a lady that was getting shot in her leg, and a lot of people was coming up from side to side, screaming, asking for help.”

A mother described a chaotic scene after dropping her daughter off at school.

“All you heard was a big, loud noise that sounded like a big bang, an explosion, and then there were people running out of the train station,” she said. “So it was just very hectic this morning.”

The victims were taken to various hospitals.

NYU Langone-Brooklyn told the ABC News Medical Unit they took eight patients who are in stable condition, while five of the victims are at Maimonides Medical Center, with two were being treated for gunshot wounds and three for smoke inhalation.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is currently treating a total of three patients injured in the subway attack.

None of the injuries are considered life threatening at this point.

A student from Brooklyn Tech was on the subway when it happened.

“I was a few cars down, and the conductor told everyone to get on the train,” he said. “I was just scared, and at the next stop, he told everyone to get off. Everyone evacuated, and I didn’t know what happened.”

The suspect was described as a Black male, 5-foot-5 and 175 to 180 pounds.

An FBI official says they are assisting NYPD and that it remains unclear at this point whether there is any connection to terrorism, but FBI headquarters is monitoring.

The N/R lines are shut from 59th Street in Manhattan to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and there are subway disruptions throughout the area across multiple lines. CLICK HERE for the latest MTA service updates.

Mayor Eric Adams is monitoring the situation but cannot respond due to his recent COVID diagnosis. Governor Kathy Hochul said she has also been briefed.

Nassau County police said they increasing patrols around all critical infrastructure with an emphasis on mass transit, though there is no known threat, and that Commissioner Patrick Ryder has been in conversations with the NYPD and has briefed Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden has been apprised of the situation.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said Attorney General Merrick Garland has also received a preliminary briefing and is monitoring the situation.

Police officers were canvassing 4th Avenue, the station’s cross-street, asking witnesses whether they were on the train. A sea of emergency lights was visible from at least a dozen blocks away, where a police cordon was set up.

The shootings come as New York City has faced a spate a shootings and high-profile incidents in recent months, including on the city’s subways. One of the most shocking was in January when a woman was pushed to her death in front of a train by a stranger.

Adams has made cracking down on crime, especially on the subways, a focus of his early administration, pledging to send more police officers into stations and platforms for regular patrols.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether officers had already been inside the station when the shootings occurred.

Notify NYC urges anyone unable to reach someone who may have been impacted to call 311. If outside New York City, please call 212-639-9675.

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