Cops Hunt Man in Gas Mask Who Opened Fire on New York Subway Train

April 12, 2022Joshua Skovlund
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Police and emergency responders gather at the site of a reported shooting of multiple people outside of the 36th Street subway station on April 12, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. According to authorities, multiple people have reportedly been shot and several undetonated devices were discovered at the 36th Street and Fourth Avenue station in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Authorities in New York are searching for a man in a gas mask who opened fire on a subway train Tuesday morning, wounding at least 10 passengers.

New York Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters the stocky suspect — a Black man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, and wearing a neon green construction vest and hoodie — popped a smoke bomb around 8:24 a.m. and then began firing multiple rounds at morning rush hour commuters bound for Manhattan. 

She said first responders treated 16 people, some hit inside the subway car, some in the 36th Street station, where the N-line train apparently had halted. That’s where the D, N, and R lines come together in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.

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Members of the New York Police Department and other first responders rushed to a subway station in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. At least 16 people are believed to be injured in an attack that involved a firearm and smoke bombs. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images.

New York City Fire Department First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said five of the injured commuters remain in critical but stable condition at area hospitals. Six of the passengers were treated for smoke inhalation or other injuries caused in the panic that swept through the station in the wake of the shooting, she added.

In a video statement, New York City Mayor Eric Adams nixed rumors that cops had found “live explosive devices,” insisting only that the suspected assailant “detonated smoke bombs to cause havoc.”

“NYPD is searching for the suspect at large, and we will find him,” said Adams, who remains quarantined after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

NYPD’s Sewell told reporters that the gunman’s motive remains unclear, but the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting investigators.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul urged citizens to remain vigilant while city, state, and federal law enforcement officers combed Brooklyn for a suspect “so coldhearted and depraved of heart” that he cared nothing about the people he assaulted “as they simply went about their daily lives.”

“This individual is still on the loose. This person is dangerous,” she said.

This is a developing story and Coffee or Die Magazine will continue to add details to it.

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Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.

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