FBI launches website seeking information on Brooklyn subway attack

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying a gunman who detonated a smoke grenade and fired 33 rounds at a Brooklyn subway train, striking 10 people, in a Tuesday morning rush hour attack .

The law enforcement agency created a website – fbi.gov/brooklynshooting – where the public can submit images, videos or any additional information related to the shooting that occurred on a Manhattan-bound N train as it approached the 36th Street subway station in Sunset Park.

“We expect the process to be lengthy as we gather all possible information to track down all possible leads,” said Michael J. Driscoll, deputy director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office. “Everyone has a cell phone in their pocket, there are a lot of videos. If you have any digital information you would like to share with us in this investigation, please visit fbi.gov/brooklynshooting where you can download these We are therefore asking for the public’s assistance. Videos would be particularly helpful or any additional witnesses who have not yet come forward who may provide information that may help this investigation.”

The request for videos and photos comes after authorities said the station’s surveillance cameras were not working.

Mayor Eric Adams told WCBS 880 that the camera system appeared to have experienced “some kind of malfunction”.

“It’s still under investigation,” Adams said. “We are communicating with the MTA to find out if it was station-wide or if it was just one camera, that’s still something we’re looking into.”

Members of the NYPD gather at the site of a shooting at the 36 St subway station on April 12, 2022 in New York City.

Photo creditDavid Dee Delgado/Getty Images

MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber said he didn’t know why or how long the cameras were off, but pointed out that police have other cameras throughout the subway system that could provide critical images in the investigation.

“We have nearly 10,000 cameras in the system, with nearly 600 just on the Brooklyn section of N, and I know the NYPD is looking at a ton of different stations and a ton of different footage in an effort to identify criminals. .who did this,” Lieber said. “So there’s a lot of different things to look at and it’s probably premature to talk about just one perspective.”

Meanwhile, the MTA, TWU Local 100 and the New York City Police Foundation are offering a joint $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

“We are doing everything we can to catch the man responsible for this heinous attack on our riders,” Lieber said. “New Yorkers know that if they see something, they have to say something, especially in this case. Justice must be served.”

“This cold-blooded felon must be identified and taken off the streets immediately. He must be brought to justice for this horrific act of violence,” said TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano. “Passengers need to feel safe. My members need to feel safe. We don’t just walk in and out of the system. We spend entire shifts there every day and every night. This type must be apprehended.”

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident should call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

BK Shooting Reward

image copyrightMTA, TWU Local 100

Police said the shooter was approximately 5ft 5in tall and weighed 170lbs. He reportedly wore a construction vest, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a gas mask during the attack.

Authorities said 10 people were shot and 13 others were treated for other injuries, including smoke inhalation, in the attack.

Investigators found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at the crime scene, along with extended magazines, a hatchet, detonated and undetonated smoke grenades, a black trash can, a rolling cart, gasoline and the key to a U-Haul van, which led investigators to the van’s tenant, who was identified as 62-year-old Frank R. James.

James, who has addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin, is considered a person of interest in the case.

“James is just a person of interest we know at this time who rented this U-Haul pickup truck in Philadelphia,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said. “The keys to this U-Haul van were found on the subway in the possessions of our shooter. We do not know at this time if Mr. James has any connection to the subway. This is under investigation. “

The van was found unoccupied on Kings Highway in Gravesend hours after the attack.

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