‘Several undetonated devices’ were found but none were ‘active explosive devices’ as police search for suspect who fled scene
Thirteen people were injured following a shooting on a subway platform in New York City on Tuesday morning, authorities said, adding that “several undetonated devices” were found. Police later said none were “active explosive devices”.
A suspect, described as a Black man wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest, fled the scene, authorities said.
A New York fire department (NYFD) spokesperson told the Guardian that at about 8.30am, firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the D, N and R lines at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
Firefighters arrived to find multiple people shot and “several undetonated devices”.
The spokesperson said 13 people had been injured but stopped short of saying exactly how many had been shot.
A spokesperson for the New York police department (NYPD) confirmed that multiple people were shot but could not say exactly how many or their condition.
Officers were searching for the suspect, the police spokesperson said. The suspect was about 5ft 5in and about 180lb, the spokesperson said.
Authorities were expected to release more information from the 72nd police precinct in Brooklyn later, the spokesperson added.
Police asked witnesses with any information to call 800-577-Tips.
In Washington, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Joe Biden had been briefed “on the latest developments regarding the New York City subway shooting” and added: “White House senior staff are in touch with Mayor [Eric] Adams and Police Commissioner [Keechant] Sewell to offer any assistance as needed.”
In Brooklyn, a tweet from the NYPD said: “Due to an investigation, avoid the area of 36th Street and 4th Avenue area in Brooklyn. Expect emergency vehicles and delays in the surrounding area.”
By 10am, police had closed off a vast area north of 36th street, along the usually busy Fourth Avenue.
Officers prevented cars, pedestrians and bikes from going past 24th Street, more than half a mile north of where the shooting took place.
Scores of police cars, lights flashing, lined the route up to 36th Street station, as a police helicopter hovered above.
Leo Perez, 44, lives on the corner of 36th Street, yards from the subway station.
“It was just crazy to wake up in the morning and hear every so many people got injured and shot, you hear the helicopters. The not knowing what’s going on – it’s crazy, it’s concerning,” he said.
“That this could happen literally just a few feet from where you live it’s crazy. I’m very worried still. I just hope they find the person.”
Perez was standing outside his building with neighbors. The end of the street was blocked off with police tape and a fire engine prevented any cars passing.
Closer to the subway station, workers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, police and firefighters could be seen conversing.