A New York City straphanger was shot dead by an apparent stranger in another chilling attack on the subway on Sunday.
Witnesses told police the bearded suspect paced in the last car of a Q train before suddenly drawing a gun and shooting the seated 48-year-old victim “without provocation”, the official said. Chief of the Police Department, Kenneth Corey.
There had been no prior contact between the men, Corey told a news conference, and there was no indication that they recognized each other.
The shooting happened around noon as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge to Canal Street Station in lower Manhattan. The shooter fled when the train stopped. The shooter was still at large on Sunday evening.
The victim, who had been shot in the chest, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance. His identity has been withheld pending notification from his family.
Police are reviewing transit surveillance footage at Canal Street station for footage of the shooter and are interviewing witnesses. Corey asked anyone with additional information to come forward
“Help us find this guy,” Corey said.
Corey said the NYPD has assigned additional officers to the subway system.
“We pushed a lot of extra officers into the subway system,” he said. “We’re continuing to do that to patrol this very extensive transit system that we have, and we’re going to continue to do that.”
Several high-profile subway attacks have rocked New Yorkers. Last month, a man opened fire on a crowded Brooklyn train, injuring 10 people. The alleged shooter now faces terrorism charges.
In January, a stranger pushed a woman to death in front of a train.
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