Suspect at large after 10 shot at Brooklyn subway station

By Maureen Chowdhury, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:57 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022
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4:43 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

Biden: "We're not letting up" until we find Brooklyn subway shooting suspect

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez

President Biden said on Tuesday that his administration won’t be “letting up” until the suspect of this morning’s shooting on a subway in Brooklyn is found.

Biden brought up the incident during his opening remarks at a speech in Iowa, saying, “My wife, Jill, and I are praying for those who are injured and all those touched by that trauma. And we're grateful for all of the first responders who jumped in action, including civilians —civilians who didn't hesitate to help their fellow passengers to try to shield them.”

The President said his team is in touch with the New York City’s mayor and New York’s police commissioner, adding that “the Department of Justice and the FBI are working closely with the NYPD on the ground.”

“We're gonna continue to stay in close contact with New York authorities as we learn more about the situation over the coming hours and days. And something could have broken between now and the last hour — I haven't heard the news, I haven't spoken with anyone on my staff, but we're not letting up on it until we find out, and we find the perpetrator,” he added.

 

4:45 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

Eyewitness describes chaotic scene after subway shooting: "Nobody was expecting it"

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy 

After walking up to the bloody aftermath of a shooting in the New York subway, photojournalist Derek French tells CNN he stepped in and leveraged his Red Cross first aid training to help victims. 

"Nobody was expecting it," he told CNN. He had just stepped off the express N train after conductors said it was out of service. 

Moving towards the front of the train, he noticed the platform getting significantly less crowded, but significantly more smokey.

Then, he saw a pool of blood, and victims nearby. At first, French said he thought they had been stabbed, but soon realized they'd been shot

He snapped a few photos, then said he put his camera bag down and went to help the four victims he remembered were laying on the ground — three nearby and a fourth behind him.

Approaching one of the victims, he started talking to him, trying to make sure he was okay. 

French remembered finding that he had been shot in the ankle and was bleeding. 

"I used my windbreaker to make an additional tourniquet as far up the limb as possible to slow it or ensure that another gunshot that I don’t see is restricted from blood flood," he said. 

He remembered talking to the man and the man, who he believed was still in shock, asking what happened to his ankle.

"What's going on down there," he remembered the man asking. 

"You've been shot buddy," someone nearby responded, French remembered. 

French said that within minutes firefighters began to arrive, followed by police, and then medical personnel carrying stretchers. 

When first responders arrived, French remembered asking them for tourniquets to apply in addition to the makeshift ones he and others had already applied. 

Afterwards, as he climbed the stairs out of the bloody subway platforms, French said he was just shaken up. 

"The walk just seemed like a long walk," he said, saying he was trying to grasp what had just happened and the aid he just gave. 

He saw more heavily armored and gunned police personnel as he exited the turnstiles, and the station.

"You get up there it felt like a breath of fresh air," he said.  

4:04 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

Preliminary review indicates malfunction with subway station cameras, NYC mayor says

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

New York City Mayor Eric Adams told WCBS Radio 880 AM that a preliminary review indicates there appeared to be some sort of malfunction with the camera system at the subway station in Tuesday’s shooting.

Adams said investigators are trying to determine whether one camera malfunctioned or whether cameras throughout the entire station malfunctioned.

The mayor said his office is in communication with the MTA and is attempting to clarify details on reports of camera malfunctions.

CNN has reached out to the MTA for more information.

4:00 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

Investigators looking for a U-Haul van with Arizona plates in connection with the Brooklyn subway shooting

From CNN’s Pervaiz Shallwani

Investigators in New York City are looking for a U-Haul that is allegedly connected to Tuesday’s Brooklyn subway shooting, according to internal NYPD emails viewed by CNN.

The emails do not spell how the van is connected to the shooting.

In the emails, top commanders shared a stock image of a white U-Haul cargo van asking officers to be on lookout for a similar van with an Arizona license plate #AL31408 that authorities believe is “connected with” the subway shooting in which 10 people were struck by gunfire.

The emails were widely sent to NYPD officers and detectives. In one directive, officers were instructed that if they come across the U-Haul van and it is occupied that they should “take extreme precautions” in attempting to stop it, adding that if the van is unoccupied to notify commanders.

According to another directive, officers are told that “if this vehicle is observed moving and occupied, conduct a traffic stop and detain occupants.”

U-Haul says it’s "working closely with authorities to ensure they have any and all available information" related to the search for a rental van and its possible connection to the shooting.

“Law enforcement has alerted us to its search for a rental van and its possible connection to a suspect in today’s incident in New York City,” Sebastien Reyes, U-Haul's vice president of communications, told CNN in a statement. “We are working closely with authorities to ensure they have any and all available information to meet their needs.” 

3:56 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

At least 29 people hospitalized in connection with subway shooting, information from local hospitals shows

From CNN's Laura Ly

At least 29 people have been hospitalized in connection with the Brooklyn subway shooting, according to information provided to CNN by several local hospitals.

Twenty-one patients were admitted, and 10 have since been discharged, to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, spokesperson Lacy Scarmana told CNN. The injuries included gunshot wounds and smoke inhalation. Eleven remaining patients are in stable condition with non-life- threatening injuries, she said.

Five patients were admitted to Maimonides Medical Center, spokesperson Suzanne Tammaro told CNN. Three were treated for smoke inhalation and have since been released. Two patients with gunshot wounds remain hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Three patients were admitted at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, spokesperson Tony Chau said. One has a gunshot injury, one has a fracture, and one has a “non-trauma-related” injury. All three are in stable condition.

At a news conference earlier today, The FDNY said that they treated and transported 16 patients from the subway shooting. The additional people who were hospitalized likely went to the nearby hospitals on their own, an FDNY spokesperson said.  

3:23 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

Investigators using cell phone video from eyewitness that shows shooting suspect, law enforcement source says

From CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz

Investigators have cell phone video from an eyewitness to the Brooklyn subway shooting that shows the suspect, a law enforcement source tells CNN.

The shooting suspect is still at large, officials say, and a manhunt is underway for a subway passenger who put on a gas mask, deployed a gas canister and then began shooting at commuters as a train pulled into the subway station on Tuesday, injuring at least 16 people.

The shooter, who fled the scene, was described as a 5-foot-5-inch Black man with a heavy build wearing a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The FBI is working with the NYPD on the investigation and is following "every viable lead," said Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI New York Field Office.

CNN's Brynn Gingras, Pervaiz Shallwani, Mark Morales, Kristina Sgueglia and Eric Levenson contributed reporting to this post. 

3:15 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant calls subway shooting "devastating"

From CNN's David Close

NBA star Kevin Durant described the news of multiple people shot at a Brooklyn subway station as "devastating." Durant and his Brooklyn Nets teammates were arriving at the team's training facility on 39th Street when the incident occurred close by. 

On Tuesday morning, Durant was asked about the impact of the shooting. "It's devastating. I don't know too many details. To hear the sirens out front of the practice facility and see so much commotion going on outside, you hope and pray for the best for everybody involved," Durant said.

When asked about how he heard the news, the 12-time All-Star said, "(The team) sent us a text saying there might be some traffic (on the way into to facility) but I didn't know why and then you look through your phone and see stuff.

"I hate violence, I hate senseless violence. Hopefully, we can figure out the details and get everybody to safety and get everybody the help that they need, but it's a tough situation right now," he said.

Nets head coach Steve Nash echoed Durant's feelings on Tuesday — "It's obviously a very tragic morning. We are devastated for the community and for those directly involved. I don't know a lot of the details so I don't want to get too far into it but we're just all concerned for everyone involved. And at the same time try to prepare and be focused on our task at hand the best we can."

The Nets are scheduled to host the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night at Barclays Center in the NBA's postseason play-in tournament.

4:06 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

NYC mayor: The entire nation is facing high level of violence, not just New York City

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

New York City Mayor Eric Adams emphasized that the entire nation is witnessing a high level of violence, not only New York City. 

“We're facing is a problem that is hitting our entire nation right now and that is why this is a national response,” Adams told CNN’s Dana Bash. “We need a national response to this issue.”

Adams once again touted that NYC has successfully taken 1,800 guns off the streets of New York City — 10% of which were ghost guns — in the first three and a half months into his administration. 

“This is a real herculean task and our police department is responding to every day,” the mayor said. “As I stated over and over again, there are many rivers that feed the sea of violence in our city and in our country — lets dam each one of them and some of that damming is going to come from assistance from the lawmakers throughout state and country," he said.

The mayor said the city needs assistance from lawmakers throughout state and country in empowering the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and from the legislature in making ghost guns illegal. 

Adams reiterated he’s put initiatives in place “to deal with some of the systemic, historical problems” the city has had in dealing with crime, but, “many of the people who are on our streets that are participating in dangerous acts, they have had a bottleneck in our court system. They are not serving their time in prison like they should be.”

Adams suggested NYC has a revolving door criminal justice system adding that “too many people who are known to participate in criminal actions are still on our streets.” 

A former transit police officer, Adams reassured the public that his administration is going to double the number of officers patrolling the subway system and will make sure police “actively and aggressively identify the person” involved in Tuesday’s incident. 

“I think that when you look at how miraculous this is, you have to really point to the passengers and the transit authority officials,” Adams said praising New Yorkers and the city’s transit system.

“New York has gone through a lot — from the 9/11 attacks, second time attack of the [World] Trade Center, to those who wanted to commit terrorism in our city and to those who do things that want to terrorize us,” Adams said. “We don't know what is the source of this incident yet, but I call on New Yorkers to continue to be as resilient as we have often been.”

After stabbings and other attacks in which people were pushed onto the tracks — one fatally in Times Square — Mayor Adams announced the city would be deploying 30 teams, including police and mental health experts, in high-need locations. The city would also seek to add more mental health professionals who could be deployed in nonviolent incidents and help enforce subway rules, said the mayor, a former transit and city policeman.

This followed an announcement from Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul in January, during which they promised to have officers inspect subway trains and stations more frequently. A separate plan aimed at ending rising gun violence in the city was also unveiled in January, with Adams saying the city was eyeing long-term goals of increasing economic opportunities, improving education and providing more access to mental health resources.

CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed reporting to this post. 

3:55 p.m. ET, April 12, 2022

A gun and multiple high capacity magazines recovered at Brooklyn subway station, law enforcement sources say

From CNN's Mark Morales, Brynn Gingras and Shimon Prokupecz

(Obtained by CNN)
(Obtained by CNN)

A gun was recovered in a subway station, where 10 people were shot during rush hour in Brooklyn Tuesday, two law enforcement sources tell CNN

Investigators have also recovered multiple high capacity magazines from the scene, three law enforcement officials say.

Two officials said they believe the gun jammed during the shooting.

Investigators also recovered fireworks and gunpowder at the scene of the Brooklyn subway shooting, two law enforcement sources say.

NYPD officials said at a news conference earlier Tuesday there is no known motive for the shooting at this time. They added they are “not ruling out anything” in terms of the investigation. 

The shooting suspect is still on the loose, officials said.