BREAKING: Suspect with semi-automatic weapon, ammo, and gas mask arrested in NYC’s Times Square subway station

Police in New York City have arrested a suspect carrying a firearm who had entered a subway station in midtown Manhattan.

As NBC News reports, the suspect was apprehended Friday afternoon after police officers saw him with what appeared to be a rifle.

The officers performing a station inspection approached the man after seeing him take the rifle out of a bag and place it on the ground, according to the report. Though the firearm was not loaded, the suspect had ammunition and a gas mask in his possession.

He reportedly told police he legally owned the firearm, and is from Ohio.

Investigators are working to determine why he was there and any intentions he may have had for bringing a rifle into the subway station. The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story and all information is preliminary.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

[Feature image: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki]