At Least 28 Injured After Suspect Wearing Gas Mask Fires Shots at Subway Station, Suspect at Large

*This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide additional information as details become available.*

Update 2:20 p.m. Wednesday 

Suspected New York subway shooter Frank R. James was captured by police in Manhattan’s East Village on Wednesday. ABC 7 reports that bystanders spotted James as he was walking around East Village and promptly notified patrol cops.

Update 5:31 p.m. Tuesday

Police found an unoccupied U-Haul van in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, with license plates that matched the Arizona license plate number given to police to look out for. Senior law enforcement officials believe the gunman was traveling in the van before abandoning it, The New York Times reports. The suspect still remains at large.

Original Story

At least 28 people are injured, including five people who were shot, after a man in New York wearing a gas mask and orange construction vest began shooting at people early Tuesday morning.

The shooter was described as a black male, weighing between 175 to 185 pounds, wearing an MTA vest, tool belt & gas mask. He’s said to have a “heavy build” and stands around 5-feet-5-inches tall.

Police said the suspect was spotted mumbling to himself before he put on the gas mask, released a smoke canister, and started shooting with a .380 caliber handgun.

“This is an active-shooter situation right now in the city of New York,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a press conference.

Police officials said the victims range in age from 17 to 50.

According to the New York Post, the incident happened at around 8:30 a.m. at the 36th Street station for the D, N, R lines in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Someone on the train told the outlet that she heard so many rounds go off that she “lost count.

“I thought he was an MTA worker at first because I was like, I didn’t like pay too much attention. You know? You’ve got the orange on,” she said.

As of now, it’s unclear whether there was more than one shooter. The suspect fled the scene and is currently at large.

New York City Police Department personnel gather at the entrance to a subway stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Multiple people were shot and injured Tuesday at a subway station in New York City during a morning rush-hour attack that left wounded commuters bleeding on a train platform. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Washington Post reports that police found numerous undetonated devices in the area, according to the NYC Fire Department.  The FBI is now assisting with the investigation, although it is too early to discern if a federal crime has been committed.

Numerous people on the subway took photos of the incident, including graphic photos of a man who was injured.

Meanwhile, police are asking the public to avoid the areas of 36th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn as the investigation continues.

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[Feature Photo: New York City Police Department personnel gather at the entrance to a subway stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Five people were shot Tuesday morning at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York, law enforcement sources said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)]