Brooklyn (Times Of Ocean)- At least 13 people were injured, including seven who were shot, when a suspect set off a smoke grenade and opened fire on a Brooklyn subway train during rush hour on Tuesday, the NYPD and law enforcement sources told The Post.
The bloody shooting broke out around 8:30 a.m. on a Manhattan-bound N train at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park, where authorities discovered several undetonated devices, FDNY and police said.
According to a witness, the suspect, who was dressed in construction attire and wearing a gas mask, set off the smoke grenade moments before shooting erupted, police sources told The Post.
A source said five people were shot in one subway car and two in another.
The footage showed screams coming from the platform the moment the doors opened and smoke billowed forth.
Graphic photos went viral on social media showed the injured lying on blood-stained subway platform floors.
A straphanger who was on the train when the violence broke out told The Post there were so many shots fired, she “lost count.”
“There was like, lots of them. I don’t even know how many,” said the woman, who only gave her first name, Claire.
The witness described the suspect as a 5-foot-5 man, around 170 pounds, wearing an orange vest and gas mask, dropping a cylinder that sparked.
“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.
New York City Police Department’s bomb squad was on the scene investigating, and authorities were scouring MTA surveillance footage for clues to the suspect’s identity.
Officials said the injured were taken to NYU Langone of Brooklyn and Methodist Hospital.
Mayor Eric Adams has been briefed on the incident, a spokesman said.
Sources said the suspect was dressed in construction clothing, similar to that worn by MTA workers.
“While we gather more information, we ask New Yorkers to stay away from this area for their safety and so that first responders can help those in need and investigate,” the spokesman said.
An official of the city Department of Education said that schools in the immediate vicinity have been placed on lockdown. NYPD