Five people who provided information during the manhunt for the accused New York City subway shooter will split the $50,000 reward, officials said Friday.
Frank James, 62, allegedly set off a smoke bomb and opened fire on an N train on Tuesday, injuring 10 people in the worst mass shooting on the city’s rail system in decades.
Law enforcement sources and James’ attorney said James called Crime Stoppers himself with his location before he was arrested in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon after a roughly 29-hour manhunt.
But the NYPD said five people gave information that “directly contributed to the arrest of Mr. James”.
“Thanks to the help of these five good Samaritans, the NYPD was able to do their job and get a dangerous suspect off the streets just hours after his photo was released,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement.
The five people have not been identified. The $50,000 is to be split equally between them, the city said. The award came from contributions from the New York City Police Foundation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 100.
The 10 people who were shot were all expected to survive. About 20 people were also injured, including from smoke inhalation, prosecutors said in court documents.
James has been charged federally with committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a public transit system, which can result in life in prison.
A motive, if known, has not been disclosed. Police received extensive tips after the shooting and used them to build a timeline of events, officials said.
Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said Wednesday that thanks to the work of hundreds of detectives, along with many other law enforcement officers, “we were able to bring his world down, quickly.”
Sources said that while James had not called Crime Stoppers, police were still confident he would have been apprehended soon, with officers flooding the nearby Lower East Side neighborhood earlier, based on another advice.
The shooting on the Manhattan-bound N train happened nearly 30 years after a man on a Long Island Rail Road train opened fire with a handgun, killing six people and injuring 19. The shooter in that 1993 incident was sentenced to 315 years in prison.