New York, Apr 12 (EFE).- Five people were shot and eight others suffered various injuries in an incident Tuesday at a subway station in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, authorities told media outlets.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) was looking for a suspect wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest, WABC reported.
Images shared on social media showed people covered in blood being treated at the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.
Photos and videos also showed a smoke-filled subway car.
Law enforcement sources told media that the attack, which took place around 8:30 am, appears to have begun with the detonation of a smoke grenade.
The Fire Department of New York said that “several undetonated devices” were discovered at the scene, but a subsequent tweet from the NYPD said: “there are NO active explosive devices at this time.”
Police described the suspect as a Black man about 1.62 m (5’5) tall and weighing roughly 80 kg (180 lbs).
It remained unclear whether the violence took place inside a subway car or on the station platform.
“I have been briefed on this developing situation in Brooklyn. First responders are on the scene and we will work with @MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) & @NYPDnews to provide updates as the investigation continues,” New York state Gov. Kathy Hochul said on twitter.
Recently diagnosed with Covid-19, New York Mayor Eric Adams was said to be monitoring the situation from City Hall. EFE mvs/dr