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NYPD identifies a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shooting

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At least five people were shot this morning in a Brooklyn subway station. The shooting happened at rush hour in the Sunset Park neighborhood. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen joins us now from the scene. Hi, Stephen.


FADEL: So, Stephen, what do you know so far about what happened?

NESSEN: Well, like you said, five people have been shot. 12 injured. What we know - what we understand at this point is around 8:30 this morning, a train going north, like you said, from Sunset, Brooklyn - very working-class neighborhood - was heading in and there were reportedly gunshots. We heard that from eyewitnesses that were on the train. There was smoke that followed that. So that's what is known. There was a lot of chaos and confusion. I spoke with an eyewitness who was on a train that was pulling into the station just after the shooting. And two people who had been shot were transferred onto her train.

FADEL: Oh, my gosh.

NESSEN: I saw the video that she shot. One person had blood on their chest. Another woman was laid out on a subway car with blood on her shoulder. The woman said there was a man on the train who's a doctor who ran over and was tending to her. And when the train actually - it went one more stop. It was only, like, a two-minute, you know, ride. When they pulled out - when they pulled in, everyone rushed out. It was total pandemonium. They still didn't know if it was a bomb or what.

FADEL: Yeah.

NESSEN: And people lost their backpacks and their shoes and their glasses. Everyone was just rushing to get out of the station. When she got out, she saw another man who had blood coming out of his head. All those folks, obviously, have been transferred to the hospital at this point. But it was a lot of chaos. And we still don't have an arrest in the incident. We're just waiting now for police to brief the press on the latest. But from what we're told, there no arrest yet in this case.

FADEL: So no suspect in custody, a lot that's unknown about what happened. I mean, people you talk to must have been terrified. They were just on their way to work like a normal day. Tell us about this - sort of how people are feeling.

NESSEN: Right. Well, the woman I spoke with and other folks - it was quite shocking. Of course, any time there's a shooting, it's shocking. But this is not, like, a high-profile - it's not, like, Times Square or any of the places where you would think, like, there might be an incident.

FADEL: Right.

NESSEN: This is a sleepy, kind of working-class, immigrant neighborhood. And so folks were surprised. On the other hand, as you probably know, there is an uptick in crime in the city. There has been an uptick in shootings, as well, several fatal. And the subways also have been a focus point for several high-profile attacks. A woman was shoved down the train tracks this year. People have been stabbed. There have been shootings on the train, you know, this year. So it's not like it's out of context or, you know, totally unexpected for this to happen. We are in the middle of somewhat of a crime, you know, increase. And there has been a renewed focus on policing in the subways. The mayor himself added thousands of more patrols to the subways to crack down on crime in the subway.

FADEL: Is there a...

NESSEN: So this is the context for which this is happening.

FADEL: Is there a person of interest? Are the police looking for a specific person and a description?

NESSEN: There's been a lot of reports. We haven't gotten an official description of any sort of suspect. I've certainly seen social media reports that this person was wearing a vest, maybe a gas mask. But that's speculation at this point. The police are going to give a briefing shortly. There is a school here, by the way, right across the street, which is on lockdown. And police have been going into the local shops, getting surveillance video. I've seen them do that at several locations.

FADEL: Thank you so much.

NESSEN: But we don't have a description yet. Thank you.

FADEL: That's Stephen Nessen of member station WNYC reporting from Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Thank you.

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