At least 13 people were injured by gunshot or shrapnel after a gunman opened fire and blew up several devices in the Brooklyn subway on Tuesday morning.
Police are looking for a suspect described as wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest, ABC7 News reported.
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Authorities were called to reports of gunshots and multiple explosions on the Manhattan-bound N train near the 36th Street station around 8:30 a.m.
Sources said a masked man may have thrown a smoke bomb in the air before he started firing, hitting at least five commuters.
NBC New York reported that two of the five gunshot victims were seriously injured.
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Juliana Fonda, broadcast engineer at WNYC, told the gothamist she heard gunshots fired from a car while driving the N train.
“People were pounding and looking behind them, running, trying to get on the train,” Ms Fonda said.
“The locked door between the cars and the people behind us, there were a lot of loud noises and there was smoke in the other car.”
Another commuter told the news site that the 36th St station was filled with smoke as subway riders tried to evacuate.
“There was blood everywhere,” said the commuter, who gave her first name Joana.
“Everyone ran away because they thought they were next.”
Witness Roddy Broke wrote on Twitter: “Either gunshots or a bomb went off at 36th Street. Scariest time of my life, man.
Injuries were seen emerging from 36th St and 25th St stations, the New York Daily News reported.
The FDNY said it was responding to reports of smoke coming from the 36th St station just after 8:30 a.m.
Just before 10 a.m., the NYPD said there were “no active explosive devices.” He warned New Yorkers to avoid the area.
There is no D/N/R service in Brooklyn and some stations in Manhattan.
Expect significant delays on B/D/FN/Q/R trains.
Take other metro or bus lines.
What is happening?
There is a major service disruption while the NYPD responds to an incident at 36 St.
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Lines D, N and R have been suspended and there will be serious delays on lines B, D and F, the MTA said.
Fabien Levy, spokesman for New York Mayor Eric Adams, said the mayor had been made aware of the incident.
“While we gather more information, we ask New Yorkers to stay away from this area for their safety and so that first responders can help those in need and investigate.”