Police search for suspect in New York City subway shooting

Police in New York City are looking for the gunman who opened fire on a subway train Tuesday morning when at least 10 people were shot and 19 others hurt. The rampage left smoke in the station and people wounded on the platform. William Brangham reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    And a reminder that the "NewsHour"'s coverage of the war in Ukraine is supported in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

    In the day's other news: Police in New York are looking for the gunman who opened fire on a subway train this morning. At least 10 people were shot and 19 others hurt.

    William Brangham reports.

  • And a warning:

    Some of the images are graphic.

  • William Brangham:

    Brooklyn's Sunset Park subway station turned chaotic this morning, as passengers fled the gunfire. The rampage left smoke in the station and people wounded on the platform.

    New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell described what happened on the Manhattan-bound train.

  • Keechant Sewell, NYPD Commissioner:

    An individual on that plane donned what appeared to be a gas mask. He then took a canister out of his bag and opened it. The train at that time began to fill with smoke. He then opened fire, striking multiple people on the subway and in the platform.

  • William Brangham:

    Sewell said the incident is not being investigated as terrorism at this time, but she also didn't rule anything out.

    The suspect was described as a 5'5" heavyset Black man. This evening, he was still at large.

    High school freshman John Butsikares was riding the subway on the way to school when the shooting began a few train cars down from him.

  • John Butsikares, Witness:

    It was scary. I didn't know what was happening. It was everyone packed on the train. And people were scared. No one knew what happened.

  • William Brangham:

    Yahya Ibrahim works near the subway and saw people streaming out of the station after the attack.

  • Yahya Ibrahim, Witness:

    And one of them was injured. I believe it was a lady getting shot right on her leg. And a lot of people was coming up from side to side, screaming, yelling, asking for help.

  • William Brangham:

    Officials have now increased the police presence at transportation hubs from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut, even though there is no evidence the suspect was coordinating with others.

    Early this evening, police reportedly found a U-Haul truck they'd been searching for in connection with the attack. A bomb squad has been deployed.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm William Brangham.

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