Frank R James: Police identify person of interest in Brooklyn subway shooting

New York police say they have identified a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shooting that saw 10 people shot and wounded at least 18 others.

The NYPD announced on Twitter that it was looking for a Frank R James in connection with the attack, in which a masked gunman set off a smoke device before opening fire on a crowded N train bound for Manhattan as he waited to enter the 36th Street station on Tuesday. Morning.

“This is Franck James. He is a person of interest in the shooting that took place on the N train in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning,” they said in the tweet, which included two photos of the suspect.

Authorities say they do not know if Mr James, 62, was the shooter in the shocking incident.

“We are looking for Frank James,” NYPD Chief James Essig said during a Tuesday night briefing. “We know he rented this U-Haul van.”

Mr. James, who has addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia, has not been named as a suspect. The NYPD says investigators want to know if Mr James witnessed the attack.

A $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The suspected attack shooter opened fire at least 33 times with a 9-millimeter Glock handgun, Chief Essig added.

“Witnesses say the man opened two smoke grenades, threw them on the subway floor, brandished a 9mm Glock handgun,” he said.

The NYPD said it was not investigating the shooting as a terrorist attack, but it was still considered an active shooter incident. No motive for the attack has yet been made public.

Earlier, police found a U-Haul truck with Arizona license plates that was linked to the suspect.

On Tuesday afternoon, police recovered a firearm, a high-capacity magazine and a backpack containing the fireworks and smoke bombs, NBC News New York reported.

Law enforcement sources said the weapon may have jammed during the attack, preventing further injury and possible death.

A key to the U-Haul van was found at the crime scene, as was the credit card used to rent it in Philadelphia, law enforcement sources said. The New York Post.

Authorities have launched an extensive manhunt for the shooter, but say security cameras at the Sunset Park subway station were not working at the time of the attack. But officials believe they have footage of the suspect taken at nearby businesses.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Mayor Eric Adams’ security details were being increased as a precaution.

Officials say the shooting took place on an N train bound for Manhattan just before 8:30 a.m., and the suspect muttered to himself before putting on a gas mask and removing a canister from a bag and the train began to fill with smoke.

He then began firing a handgun, hitting people on the train and on the 36th Street station platform in Sunset Park.

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