New York Firing: Police shares 'person of interest' photo

Washington:

The New York police have begun a search for a man in a shooting incident in the Brooklyn subway on Tuesday in which more than 20 people were injured. He said it was not yet certain whether he was the attacker or not.

During a briefing, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the suspected gunman was inside a train car when the shooting began.

“The accused pumped smoke into the train and opened fire on the passengers. He was reportedly a black male 5’5″ tall, with a heavy height. He was wearing a green construction-type vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt,”

Sewell said.

Officials said they are looking for a man who may have rented a van that they believe may be linked to the shooting, though they have not established a definitive link. Late Tuesday, officers had abandoned the vehicle near King’s Highway station, believed to be where the gunman had boarded the subway.

According to reports, a key to the U-Haul van was found at the site of the attack, which is believed to be the personal effects of the gunman. Investigators also found a Glock handgun, three extended magazines, two detonated smoke grenades, two non-detonated smoke grenades and a hatchet at the scene.

New York City agencies are offering a combined US$50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect involved in Tuesday’s shooting, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

The MTA and the Transportation Workers’ Union (TWU) Local 100 both offered US$12,500 in prize money each, and the New York City Police Foundation offered USD 25,000 in prize money to bring the total reward offer to US$50,000.

A total of 16 people have been hospitalized after being injured in the firing. Ten of them were shot and five are in critical but stable condition, according to New York City officials. 13 others were injured as they ran to exit the train station or were suffocated by the smoke.

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