The person who opened fire at a subway station in New York, leaving one person dead and five others injured, is now the NYPD’s “most wanted”, police said.
One of the victims – a 34-year-old male – died at St Barnabas Hospital, police said. The other five victims were treated at the scene and transported to hospital, though their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
An NYPD spokesperson later confirmed to The Independent that the victims included a two teenagers – a male and a female. The male, 15, was shot twice, once in the thigh and once in the ear, and the female, 14, was shot in the foot.
A 29-year-old woman was shot in the face and the neck, and a 28-year-old man was shot in the right arm. A 71-year-old man was also shot during the incident, police said. The names of the victims have not been released.
ADVISORY: Due to an active police investigation, please avoid the area of Jerome Ave between Inwood Ave and Townsend Ave in Bronx, NY which is in the confines of the @NYPD44Pct . Please use alternate routes and expect traffic in the area. pic.twitter.com/myEeFoTJJi
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 12, 2024
No arrests have been made, and a gun has yet to be recovered by authorities. It is believed the gunman is still at large and a police investigation is ongoing.
A spokesperson for the NYPD addressed the shooter at a press conference on Monday evening, saying: “You are now the NYPD’s most wanted, you’ve got the greatest detectives in the world looking for you.
“We suggest you turn yourself in. Because you’re not going to make it.”
NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper told reporters that the attack was “not a random shooting” and had stemmed from a dispute on the train between two groups of teenagers, describing the incident as “rare and unacceptable”.
Shots were fired when the train arrived at the Mount Eden Avenue station, and it is believed that both members of the two groups and members of the public were among the victims.
“This is unacceptable and when det make an arrest there must be swift immediate strong consequences,” Mr Kemper said. “This is not the norm, that’s why we’re out here - outraged.”
“The question is, why do people feelemboldened to take guns out and shoot them? There must be consequences.”
The shooting occurred on the uptown four train platform at 4:47p.m. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said northbound No. 4 trains are running on the express track from 149 St.-Grand Concourse to Burnside Ave and No. 4 trains are bypassing Mount Eden Ave in both directions.
According to witness, who spoke to CBS, there were about a dozen people on the platform when the shooting occured, including children.
“I heard gunshots, running, shooting, like, maybe, six times, five, six times. I heard two child screaming. And then, when I saw the train coming, that’s when I ran downstairs, because there was too many noise,” the witness told the outlet.
Tania Kinsella, First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, added: “Today another senseless act of violence occurred on our transit system.
“We have innocent victims and we want New Yorkers to know that we will get you, whoever was responsible for this.”
New York congressman Ritche Torres described the incident as a “mass shooting”.
“There was a mass shooting in and near the Mount Eden subway station in the Bronx. At least one person has been murdered and at least five have been shot.,” Mr Torres wrote on X.
There was a mass shooting in and near the Mount Eden subway station in the Bronx. At least one person has been murdered and at least five have been shot.
The shooter remains at large.
The NYPD is advising the public to avoid the area of Jerome Avenue between Inwood Avenue…
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) February 12, 2024
“The shooter remains at large. The NYPD is advising the public to avoid the area of Jerome Avenue between Inwood Avenue and Townsend Avenue.
Video from television news helicopters showed a subway train stopped at the station and orange evidence cones on the elevated platform at the station at the intersection of Mount Eden and Jerome Avenues.
In a post on X, the NYPD wrote: “Due to an active police investigation, please avoid the area of Jerome Ave between Inwood Ave and Townsend Ave in Bronx, NY which is in the confines of the@NYPD44Pct .
“Please use alternate routes and expect traffic in the area.”
Mass transit disruptions, delays, and road closures are expected to continue.