New York shooting: Subways on high alert across north-east US as police search for Brooklyn gunman

New York shooting: Subways on high alert across north-east US as police search for Brooklyn gunman

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Subways across the Northeast have remained on high alert this morning as hundreds of cops frantically hunt for the Brooklyn gunman.

The NYPD flooded the network as they tried to track down the suspect, who unloaded three magazines into a subway car at Sunset Park during rush-hour Tuesday morning, shooting 10 and causing chaos that injured dozens.

Armed officers were manning platforms across the five boroughs amid fears that the suspect still has not been caught.

Meanwhile, the presence of cops was also beefed up in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., despite officials claiming there were no credible threats.

Commuters appeared undeterred at rush hour Wednesday morning as they continued to pile into subway stations across New York City.

It comes after Mayor Eric Adams vowed that he would double the number of NYPD patrolling the subway system in the wake of the latest crime to rock the Big Apple.

Cops across multiple states launched a manhunt last night for Frank James, 62, who was named as a ‘person of interest’ in the shooting before being upgraded to a ‘suspect’ this morning.

They offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, but 24 hours after the incident, he remains at large.

MANHATTAN: Subways across the country have remained on high alert this morning as hundreds of cops frantically hunt for the Brooklyn gunman 

BROOKLYN: The NYPD flooded the network as they tried to track down the suspect, who unloaded three magazines into the carriage at Sunset Park 

BOSTON: Commuters head into the city a few hours away from New York amid a heightened police presence across the east coast

WASHINGTON DC: Passengers wait for the train service in Washington DC this morning as the country stays on high alert following the Brooklyn shooting

PHILADELPHIA: Masked commuters wait for the train into the city center on Wednesday morning

MANHATTAN: Armed officers were manning platforms across the five boroughs amid fears that the suspect still has not been caught

MANHATTAN: Empire Shield military members stand inside the Oculus in Lower Manhattan last night following the attack yesterday morning

BROOKLYN: NYPD officers patrol platforms at the 36th Street subway station where the shooting attack occurred the previous day

BROOKLYN: Commuters appeared undeterred at rush hour this morning as they continued to pile into subway stations across New York City

Cops across multiple states launched a manhunt last night for Frank James (pictured), 62, who was named as a ‘person of interest’ in the attack

There have been have been nearly 500 major crimes reported underground this year, 224 more than the year before

Hundreds of NYPD officers continued to comb the city in a desperate attempt to find the gunman this morning. Police chiefs ramped up the ‘visible uniformed presence’ of cops on the network as they continued the manhunt.

Lt Thomas Antonetti said today: ‘While we do not usually give out details of police deployment, there will be an enhanced and visible uniformed presence in the city today.’

The NYPD also had an escalated presence on the street, with armed officers and sniffer dogs deployed in some parts.

Meanwhile Empire Shield military members stood guard inside the Oculus in Lower Manhattan as security was beefed up at key locations.

Despite the panic caused by yesterday’s shooting – which left ten people injured when 33 shots were fired – commuters appeared undeterred.

Passengers still crammed on to the subway across the city at rush hour this morning as workers headed back to the office.

Even 36th street station in Brooklyn – where the gunman launched his horrific attack – had travelers piling out of it today.

BROOKLYN: NYPD officers stand guard at the 36th Street subway station this morning following the attack yesterday morning

BROOKLYN: Hundreds of NYPD officers continued to comb the city in a desperate attempt to find the gunman this morning. Police chiefs ramped up the ‘visible uniformed presence’ of cops on the network as they continued the manhunt

BROOKLYN: Lt Thomas Antonetti said today: ‘While we do not usually give out details of police deployment, there will be an enhanced and visible uniformed presence in the city today’

BROOKLYN: The NYPD also had an escalated presence on the street, with armed officers and sniffer dogs deployed in some parts

MANHATTAN: A man in a security jacket stands next to a subway train a day after a Brooklyn subway station shooting incident

Marie Soohoo, a waitress in Midtown, said she thought it would be safe to ride the trains today. The 72-year-old told the New York Times: ‘Something always happens. A lot of people worry but all you can do is protect yourself.’

But Joseph Hale, 40, a mailroom clerk, said he felt uneasy and kept on high alert as he traveled. He said: ‘I took the train like always, but was alert about who was coming on the train and how people were acting on the train.’

Mayor Adams last night vowed to ramp up the number of officers on the subway by doubling those patrolling the system.

Speaking from isolation due to a positive Covid test, he called on New Yorkers to remain ‘vigilant’ and to ‘immediately’ tell police if they spot anything ‘out of place’.

He told MSNBC: ‘We’re going to double the amount of uniformed officers. You’re going to see a double amount of officers.

‘We also want New Yorkers to be vigilant, we want New Yorkers to immediately notify a uniformed officer if they see something that’s out of place.’

Earlier, he released a video message asking anyone with information, photos or videos of the suspect to come forward, adding: ‘We will not allow New Yorkers to be terrorized. The NYPD is searching for the suspect.’

BROOKLYN: Pedestrians exit the 36th Street subway station where the shooting attack occurred the previous day

MANHATTAN: Masked commuters continued to use the subway system in the city on Wednesday morning despite the heightened fear

BROOKLYN: People prepare to enter the Q train at the Church Avenue subway station this morning

BROOKLYN: People ride the Q train during the morning commute this morning in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn

BROOKLYN: A passenger looks out the window as a subway train passes through the 36th St. subway station, during the morning rush

MANHATTAN: Other commuters flood out of the subway system in the city as they made their way to work as usual following the shooting yesterday

BROOKLYN: Cops kept a heavy presence near the subway where the shooting occurred on Tuesday morning at rush hour

BROOKLYN: Fewer passengers than usual at rush hour wait for the train into Manhattan at the station where the shooting was

BROOKLYN: People prepare to enter the R train at the Atlantic Avenue subway station in the Sunset Park neighborhood

Elsewhere cops were deployed in higher numbers across Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC despite officials assuring passengers there was no credible threat.

Ian Jannetta, a spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, said last night that police were conducting ‘additional K-9 sweeps and patrols’.

Andrew Busch, a spokesman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, said cops in Philadelphia had joined the transit police to ‘boost the visibility of patrols on the system’.

He said the agency would keep an eye on the situation in New York to decide ‘whether there are additional adjustments that we can make’.

And days before the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts, superintendent-in-chief Gregory Long said officer numbers would also be ramped up on the subway system there ‘the next couple days to the weekend’.

Cops continued their hunt for the shooter across the country morning after it emerged he was believed to have driven to New York from New Mexico.

Hourari Benkada (wearing red hoodie) , 27, sat next to the man with a duffe bag and MTA vest before Tuesday’s subway attack

At least 29 people people were injured in the attack, but no casualties have been reported. Police said 10 people were struck directly by gunfire, five of them hospitalized in a critical but stable condition, while 13 others suffered respiratory distress or were otherwise injured in the crush of frantic passengers fleeing the smoke-filled subway car. Pictured: Passengers lay injured on the subway platform

NYPD are hunting for Frank James, described as a ‘person of interest’ in the shooting. No suspects have been named as of yet

A multi-state search is underway for James, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the attack, with police offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Police said a set of keys found at the crime scene belonged to an abandoned U-Haul truck in Brooklyn that was rented by him.

Officers said they recovered the key to the van at the crime scene, and James had addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin. They are probing his links to New York.

He also made ‘concerning’ threats against New York City Mayor Eric Adams and railed against the city’s homelessness crisis in social media posts.

At least 23 people were injured in the vicious attack, but no deaths have yet been reported.

Police said 10 people were struck directly by gunfire, five of them hospitalized in a critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile 13 others suffered respiratory distress or were otherwise injured in the crush of frantic passengers fleeing the smoke-filled subway car.

Overall crime in New York City is up 44.3 per cent from last year. Transit crimes are up 68 per cent and shooting incidents are up 8.4 percent, NYPD data shows.

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