Witnesses to Brooklyn subway shooting recall ‘smoke and blood and people screaming’

Witnesses recalled the frantic moments after a a shooter shot several people On a New York City subway train on Tuesday, leaving injured commuters bleeding on a Brooklyn platform as others ran screaming.

“My subway door opened into the calamity. It was smoke and blood and people were screaming,” eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WINS, claiming to have seen a gigantic wave of smoke billowing from the N train once the door was opened.

Wounded on the subway platform
Several people were injured in a shooting at a subway station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, during the morning rush hour on April 12, 2022.

Armen Hayrapetian

At least 10 people were shot dead in the Brooklyn, New York, subway station, including five in critical but stable condition, officials said Tuesday morning. Hospitals said more than a dozen people were being treated for other injuries.

Firefighters and police were investigating reports that there had been an explosion, but the police department tweeted that there were “no active explosive devices at this time”. Several smoke devices were found at the scene, said city hall spokesman Fabien Levy.

A witness named Karina told CBS New York that she was dropping her brother off at school when she got caught up in the uproar. She said she saw what appeared to be a teenage boy with gunshot wounds.

“You can clearly see the bullet in his knee,” she told the station.

Juliana Fonda, broadcast engineer at WNYC-FM, told her Gothamist news site that she was boarding the train when passengers in the car behind her started knocking on the door between them.

“There were a lot of loud noises and there was smoke in the other car,” she said. “And people were trying to get in and they couldn’t, they were knocking on the door to get into our car.”

Brooklyn’s Danny Mastrogiorgio had just dropped his son off at school when he saw a crush of passengers, some injured, running down the subway stairs at the nearby 25th Street station in a panic. At least two had visible leg injuries, he said.

“It was crazy,” he told The Associated Press. “No one knew exactly what was going on.”

Allan Lee said he was running his business, Cafe Nube, when half a dozen police and fire engines suddenly converged on the block that contains the 36th Street station.

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

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