The crowded N train of commuters was not yet at the 36th Street station until 8:30 a.m. when the attack broke out, authorities said.
A burly black man sitting in the back corner of the second carriage dropped two smoking canisters on the floor, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a press conference Tuesday night, offering to new details on the minutes surrounding the incident that terrified the morning. commuters. He said the man was wearing an orange-green construction vest, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a surgical mask and a neon green helmet. As smoke filled the car, the man brandished a 9mm Glock 17 (G17) handgun and fired at least 33 times, hitting 10 people, Essig said. Others were injured breathing in the smoke and fleeing the volley of bullets.
When the Manhattan-bound train pulled into the station, its passengers spilled out.
In the chaos, the shooter fled and law enforcement is looking for him, authorities said. Around 6 p.m., police located a U-Haul van in Brooklyn that they said was linked to a “person of interest.” They haven’t named any suspects.
The handgun, along with extended magazines, a hatchet, liquid believed to be gasoline, consumable fireworks and a recreational fuse, were recovered from the scene, Essig said.
“We’re really lucky it’s not much worse than it is,” New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said.
The shooter first entered the subway at the Kings Highway station in Gravesend, Brooklyn, eight stations before the attack began, Essig said, adding that police were seeking information from people who saw him. before the train arrived at 36th Street.