(TJV NEWS) The spike in violent crime in New York City has once again reached new and frightening levels. In an unprovoked attack on Sunday morning, a 48-year-old subway rider was shot and killed on a Manhattan-bound Q train.
As of Sunday afternoon, the shooter had not been apprehended by the NYPD and reports indicated that he was a deranged gunman.
A police source told the New York Post that the shooting was completely random and that an argument of conflict did not erupt on the subway between the gunman and the victim.
The Post reported that the name of the victim has not been released. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said, according to the Post report. The report indicated that attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
At a Sunday press briefing, NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said, “According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car and, without provocation, pulled out a gun and fired at the victim at close range as the trains were crossing the Manhattan Bridge.”
The Post also reported that the gunman has been described by witnesses as a dark-skinned heavyset man with a beard. Corey also said that when the Q train pulled into the Canal Street station, the gunman fled the station by running up to Centre Street. Sources have said that the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie that said “Aeropostale” on it, according to the Post report.
As to the number of people on that particular train car remains unclear, but police sources told the Post that detectives were speaking to at least five witnesses.
Graphic video from the crime scene show first responders “frantically trying to revive the mortally wounded man as he lay on the floor of the subway car — and as they carried him from the station on a stretcher, “ according to the Post report.
Corey also told the media that “investigators are in possession of and currently reviewing the MTA security video obtained from the station,” to try to identify the gunman, according to the Post report.
He added: “We pushed a lot of additional officers down into the subway system. We continue to do that to patrol this very extensive train system that we have and we’re going to continue doing that.”
Offering condolences to the family of the victim was Richard Davey, the New York City Transit President, as was reported by the Post. He said the agency is working with detectives to solve the crime, according to the report.
The shooting is just the latest outbreak of transit violence in the Big Apple, which has seen a spike in subway attacks in recent months, as was reported by the Post