Eight people were shot and eight others were injured in a mass shooting in a Brooklyn subway during Tuesday morning rush hour, according to FDNY spokesperson Amanda Farinacci.
A preliminary investigation shows a possible smoke device was detonated, according to a senior law enforcement official. The NYPD said afterward that there are no active explosive devices.
The attack occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when the Fire Department of New York was called to the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood for a report of smoke.
A male suspect possibly wearing a gas mask and orange construction vest fled the scene, police said, citing a preliminary report.
First responders encountered gunshot victims throughout the subway station and others who had been injured in the ensuing chaos, though it's not clear how the others were injured. Authorities haven't released detailed information on how the shooting unfolded yet.
The mass shooting comes amid a rise in shootings in New York over the past two years and a particular rise in violence on the subway that has become a focus of Mayor Eric Adams' administration. There have been 617 crime complaints so far this year on the transit system, a 68% increase from this point last year, NYPD data shows.
The incident is the second mass shooting, defined as at least four people shot, in Brooklyn this year and the fourth in New York State, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The first Brooklyn mass shooting of the year was on January 13 at a Brooklyn event hall.
Here's hoping they catch the bastard, but the planning here may signify a terrorist attack of some sort. We'll let the authorities find out for sure.
Here's what I do know: firearms outnumber people in this country, and more will die every day.