A suspect is still at large while New York City Police officers continue the search for a gunman who shot and killed a subway passenger, in what investigators describe as an unprovoked attack. Emergency responders attended to the victim at the scene, and he was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died. His identity has not yet been released. No others were injured in the shooting.
NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey announced at a press conference that the suspect was pacing back and forth in the last car of a Manhattan-bound Q train as it crossed over the Manhattan Bridge around 11:45 a.m. Sunday when he pulled out a gun and “without provocation” fired it at a 48-year-old passenger at close range, striking him in the chest, witnesses told investigators. When the train pulled into the Canal Street station — the first Manhattan stop on the Q line — the suspect fled. NYPD Chief Corey described the suspectas dark-skinned with a beard and “heavy-set” and last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and white sneakers. Preliminary information suggests there was no prior contact between the victim and suspect.
Sunday marks the second New York City subway shooting in recent months. On April 12, 10 people on board the N train were shot as it approached the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. The alleged gunman, Frank James, is being held without bail on charges of carrying out a terror attack against a mass transit system and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
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