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The gunman who opened fire on the New York subway, injuring 10 people, is ‘still at large’

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Police in New York are searching for a man who filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke before opening fire on passengers.

Officials said the shots injured 10 people, with a total of at least 16 people injured in some way in the attack on the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.

Five people are in critical but stable condition, according to the New York Fire Department Commissioner.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the attack was not being investigated as terrorism and confirmed there were no life-threatening injuries.

The shooter wanted in the attack “is still at large” and dangerous, New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a news conference.

According to multiple sources, preliminary information indicated that the suspect who fled was a man wearing a construction vest and gas mask.

Investigators believe the suspect used a smoking device to distract people before opening fire around 8:30 a.m. during the morning rush hour.

Video footage taken at the scene showed smoke and people pouring out of a subway car.

In other videos and photos, people tend to bloodied passengers lying on the platform, some amid pools of blood, and another person is on the floor of a subway car.

Several smoking devices were found at the scene, said mayor spokesman Fabien Levy.

Eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WINS: “My subway door opened in a disaster. It was smoke and blood and people screaming.”

He said he saw a huge plume of smoke pouring out of the N train as the door opened.

The incident happened on a subway line that runs through south Brooklyn in a neighborhood about 15 minutes from Manhattan by train.

Local schools, including Sunset Park High School across the street, have been closed.

Brooklyn’s Danny Mastrogiorgio had just dropped his son off at school when he saw a crowd of passengers, including several wounded, rushing up the subway stairs at the 25th Street station in a panic.

At least two had visible leg injuries, he said.

“It was crazy,” he told the Associated Press. “Nobody knew exactly what was going on.”

Allan Lee was running his business, Café Nube, when a half-dozen police cars and fire engines suddenly rushed the block.

“Then they started ushering people who were on the block to the adjacent block and then blocked the entrance to the subway” near the cafe’s door, he told the AP. When he noticed bomb squads and dogs, he was sure it wasn’t an everyday subway problem.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement she was briefed on the situation and said her office will work with the transit agency and police while the investigation continues.

President Joe Biden had also been briefed on the latest developments, and senior White House officials were in touch with Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

Police officers searched 4th Avenue across from the station and asked witnesses if they were on the train. A sea of ​​emergency lights could be seen at least a dozen blocks away where a police line was deployed.

The shootings come as New York City has faced a spate of 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 death by a stranger in front of a train.

New York Mayor Eric Adams, just over 100 days into office, has made tackling crime — particularly on the subways — a focus of his early tenure, promising to have more police officers headed to train stations and platforms for regular patrols send. It was not immediately clear if officers were already at the station when the shooting took place.

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