Man, 48, is shot to death after being hit in the chest on Manhattan subway as cops launch urgent manhunt for the suspect on the run
- A 48-year-old man died after he was shot in the chest on the subway Sunday
- The shooting happened just before noon in Lower Manhattan
- He was shot on a Northbound Q train as it was pulling into Canal Street station
- The suspect fled the area and no arrests have been made
- Police are still searching for the gunman
A man was shot and killed aboard a subway train in Lower Manhattan Sunday, and police are still searching for a gunman.
The 48-year-old man was on a northbound Q train that was entering the Canal Street station around 11:42 a.m. when the suspect began firing, striking the man in his chest, NYPD said.
The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he died. His name was not immediately released. no one else was wounded in the incident.
The suspect fled to the street level and has not been apprehended, police said about an hour after the shooting.
Police are searching for a gunman after a man was shot and killed on the subway at the Canal Street station in Lower Manhattan Sunday morning
The 48-year-old man was on a northbound Q train that was just pulling into the Canal Street station around 11:42 a.m. when the gunman began firing
Northbound Q and N trains are running with delays due to the NYPD investigation at Canal Street.
Recent subway crime has set New Yorkers on edge.
The shooting comes about a week after Frank James, the man charged with shooting up a New York City subway train last month in an attack that wounded 10 people, pleaded not guilty to terrorism and other charges.
Frank James entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn on May 13.
James, 62, is facing charges of committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The defendant was arrested April 13, about 30 hours after authorities say he drove from Philadelphia and unleashed smoke bombs and dozens of bullets in a train full of morning commuters as it approached a Brooklyn station.
The shooting victims ranged in age from 16 to 60; all survived.
In this courtroom sketch, Frank James, left, the man accused in a mass shooting on a subway train in the Brooklyn borough of New York, is sworn-in during his arraignment in federal court, Friday, May 13, 2022, in New York
Frank James, pictured, has been charged with a federal terrorism offense over claims he opened fire on a packed subway train in Brooklyn in April, shooting 10 and injuring 23
Authorities said James’ bank card, cellphone and a key to a van he had rented were found at the shooting scene. Police also said they found the 9mm Glock semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting and traced it to James.
Defense attorney Mia Eisner-Grynberg had cautioned at at the time of James’ arrest not to rush to judgment and noted that James alerted police to his whereabouts. He was arrested in Manhattan’s East Village after he called a tip line saying he was at a fast food restaurant in that section of the city.
A motive for the attack is unclear. In numerous rants he posted on YouTube, James, who is Black, made bigoted remarks about people of various backgrounds and railed against New York Mayor Eric Adams and complained about mental health care he received in the city years ago.
James, who’s being held without bail, is due back in court July 25.
Overall crime is up 40 percent in New York City, while carjacking is up 58 percent
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has promised to tackle the city’s soaring crime rates since he took office this year.
Overall crime is up 40 percent, slightly down in the last few months. All violent crime is up, except murder and shooting victims, which is down almost 12 and 3.5 percent, respectively.
Transit is up the highest at 62 percent as New Yorkers have experienced several passengers being pushed onto tracks, as well as a mass shooting on Brooklyn subway train.
Assault is also up almost 20 percent and burglary and robbery have spiked 33 and 42 percent, respectively.