At least 16 injured in shooting in New York subway station
The police are on the lookout for a man wearing a gas mask and a orange construction vest.
At least 16 people were injured after a shooting at a subway station in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning, officials said, reported Reuters.
New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said that 10 people were shot in the attack but did not detail how the other injuries occurred.
The shooting happened at the 36th street subway station at Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, New York, at around 8.30 am, a police officer told The New York Times. The police are on the lookout for a man wearing a gas mask and a orange construction vest.
As a train pulled into the subway station and its doors opened, the accused man threw a smoke bomb onto the train, CBS News reported.
“The train at that time began to fill with smoke,” Sewell added. “He then opened fire, striking multiple people on the subway and in the platform.”
One person has been critically wounded. The others are being treated for smoke inhalation and injuries from the chaos that ensued, according to CBS News.
The New York Police Department in a tweet asked residents to avoid the street of 36th and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. They found undetonated devices at the site. The police confirmed that there are no active explosions at the site at this time.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority, which operates the subways, will also be investigating the matter, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, the White House said that President Joe Biden has been briefed about the shooting. It said that the White House senior staff were in touch with new York Mayor Eric Adams and the police commissioner to offer any assistance.
Consulate General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal told PTI that his office was monitoring the situation.
In a tweet, the Consulate General said it was “deeply disturbed” by the shooting.
“We are in touch with local authorities,” it tweeted. “Our prayers and thoughts with those injured.”
There have been 296 shooting incidents in New York since April 2021 till April 3 this year, according to the police department statistics.