NEW YORK – More than 24 hours have passed since the mass shooting in the subway Sunset ParkBrooklyn has turned a morning commute to chaos, and police are still looking for the person responsible.
Mayor Eric Adams says they are now calling Frank James a suspect, not just a person of interest, and police have released his new photos.
Police sources told CBS2 that the suspect unloaded 33 rounds from a pistol he bought at a pawnshop in Ohio more than 10 years ago.
As police stood guard at 36th Street Subway Station on Wednesday morning, one of the passengers blessed himself with the sign of the cross before boarding the subway.
The night before the station was a scene of horror when riders were seen fleeing to save their lives through smoke and from guns.
Police say 62-year-old Frank James attacked the straffinists in a tunnel between 59th Street and 36th Street stations, shooting 10 people and injuring 13 more if he allegedly fired smoke grenades while wearing a gas mask.
Fortunately, every victim is expected to be OK, and many have already been discharged from the hospital.
“We don’t know his motivation to make the classification, whether it was a terrorist act or not,” Adams said Wednesday. “But even without that designation, we know he wanted to terrorize.”
After the diagnosis, the mayor is still in isolationbut almost Wednesday he told a number of media outlets about the investigation.
Detectives believe James entered the subway at Kings Highway Station – no one in the area seemed to know what he would do next.
“At this point, there is no evidence that he was an accomplice,” Adams said.
The mayor said new information had become available that turned James from an interesting person into a suspect. On Wednesday, the city issued alerts on mobile phones.
“I’m sure more than one person identified him as a subway man,” retired New York Police Lt. Donald Drogin told CBS2, saying it meant police were one step closer to catching James. “This is the guy they are 100% focused on. If you’re interested, they just wanted to talk to him, and maybe he had a good alibi. ”
Police say James left behind an ax bag, two gas canisters and one automatic pistol, which apparently jammed, possibly saving lives. He is also linked to some related posts on social media and uploaded a video to YouTube in March when he talked about crimes in the city subway.
“Those who are going to commit crimes like to be shot [expletive] got shot in the chest in Brooklyn, an old lady hit on the head with a hammer? You can’t stop this. This means that there should be a policeman at every polling station, which is simply impossible, ”he said.
Traveler Paul Simeon saw moments after the chaos, pondering how James escaped.
“He probably threw away what he was wearing, and since all the people were trying to escape, he probably got on one of the trains,” Simeon said.
Many hope James will be caught soon.
“If you’re so crazy, they’ll get you,” Simeon added.
Police do not believe James has the resources to re-attack or that he is still armed.
There is now a reward of up to $ 50,000 for information leading to the arrest. Hints are requested not only by the NYPD but also by the FBI.
Anyone with any information about the attack is asked to call the New York City Police Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA 74782). You can also give advice through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
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