New York, Feb 13 (EFE).- A suspected gunman opened fire from a subway train as it arrived at a station in the Bronx borough of New York on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring five, police said.
The incident occurred at the Mount Eden station in Bronx County around 4:30 p.m. local time, prompting numerous 911 calls reporting the shooting.
“Police found six people who were shot. All six victims were taken to local hospitals, and unfortunately, one of the victims, a 34-year-old, (died) as a result of being shot,” New York Police Department Chief of Transit Michael Kemper told reporters.
“We don’t believe this was a random shooting. We don’t believe it was just an individual shooting indiscriminately. We believe this shooting all stemmed from a dispute between two groups that started firing at a train,” Kemper said.
The injured included three males aged 15, 28, and 71, along with a 14-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman, all of whom sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
According to Kemper, the shooting occurred when two teenage groups were aboard a northbound No. 4 train. Upon arrival at the Mt. Eden subway station, gunfire erupted, and additional shots were fired as passengers disembarked onto the platform.
All six victims were hit by bullets outside the train on the platform.
Kemper said such incidents were rare in the subway system. “Shootings were down last year. To have a shooting like this in the subway system is extremely rare and unacceptable. The bigger question is: why do people feel emboldened to pull guns out and shoot? There must be consequences.”
No arrests have been made, nor has the murder weapon been found.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Janno Lieber condemned the violence as “unacceptable.”
“New York’s heart breaks. New York’s heart breaks when people are headed home, and kids who are coming home for school to do their homework are subjected to random acts of violence, like what occurred here late this afternoon.”
Police spokesperson Tarik Sheppard asked the shooter to surrender.
“To the shooter, you are now the NYPD’s most wanted, and you have the greatest detectives in the world looking for you.” EFE