Mass Shooting Leaves More Than a Dozen Injured in Brooklyn Subway Station

April 12, 2022 by Reece Nations
Mass Shooting Leaves More Than a Dozen Injured in Brooklyn Subway Station
A gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and shot multiple people Tuesday, leaving wounded commuters bleeding on a Brooklyn platform as others ran screaming, authorities said. Police were still searching for the suspect. (Will B Wylde via AP)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A masked gunman opened fire and injured multiple people on Tuesday morning in a Brooklyn subway station, New York Police Department officials said.

The shooting occurred in the 36th Street and Fourth Avenue station in Sunset Park around 8:30 a.m. EDT, and while estimates of the injured varied, law enforcement officials said at least 16 people were injured including 10 who were shot. The lone gunman, who is still at large at this time, deployed smoke bomb canisters as he opened fire.

A manhunt is now underway by police, who said the perpetrator wore a gas mask and a green construction vest along with a dark blue outfit that resembled a Metro Transit Authority worker. During a press briefing, Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo said the attack is still under investigation and “all of the city’s resources” are being deployed.

“While much remains unclear and the situation is ongoing, we know that New Yorkers were terrorized this morning as their daily lives were struck by violence and fear,” New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said in a written statement. “I pray for everyone injured in this tragedy, for the people who witnessed this attack, and for the entire community and city. I’m speaking with law enforcement and community members on the scene to provide comfort, promote strength, and get answers.”



NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at the briefing that no link to terrorism has been made so far and no explosive devices have been found. Further, no victims suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the attack, Sewell said.

The perpetrator, described as a Black male standing around 5’5” in height with a heavy build, was riding in a subway car prior to the attack. Sewell said anyone with additional information, including pictures or video of the incident, is encouraged to submit confidential tips to NYC Crime Stoppers either online or to its hotline number: 800-577-8477.

“This individual is still on the loose,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “This person is dangerous. We are asking individuals to be very vigilant and alert, and you’ll get more reports on specificity as the day goes on.” 


White House officials said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the situation’s latest development and was in touch with Mayor Eric Adams and Sewell.

Reece can be reached at [email protected].

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