New information is available to the public regarding the shooting at a Brooklyn subway station from early Tuesday. According to multiple reports, the New York Police Department has identified 62-year-old Frank James as a person of interest.
According to NYPD Chief James Essig, reports show the weapon was fired at least 33 times, hitting ten people. During a news conference this evening, Chief Essig said that Frank rented a U-Haul van, and the keys were discovered at the shooting scene in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.
“We are looking for Frank James,” he said. “We know he rented that U-Haul van.” CNN News reports that James, who has addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia, has not been named a suspect. Detectives investigating the shooting want to determine if he witnessed the attack, explained Chief Essig. In addition, Chief Essig noted the van was rented in Philadelphia. Details about the shooting state the shooter set off two smoke canisters and opened fire with a Glock 9 mm handgun. The same gun was also found with the van, two additional magazines, a gas can, and ammunition.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 offered $12,500 each in reward money. The New York City Police Foundation also contributed $25,000 in reward money, bringing the total to $50,000.
In a statement, MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber ensured, “We are doing everything we can to catch the man responsible for this heinous attack on our riders. New Yorkers know that if they see something, they should say something, especially in this case. Justice must be served.”
TWU 100 President Tony Utano also spoke out saying, “Riders need to feel safe. My members need to feel safe. We don’t just dip in and out of the system. We spend entire shifts down there every day and night. This guy has to be apprehended.”
At this time, no one has been arrested in the shooting. Want updates directly in your text inbox? Hit us up at 917-722-8057 or click here to join!