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‘We need all eyes on this’: Police search subway for gunman

The search for a gunman who killed a man on a Lower Manhattan subway train continued Monday, as the New York Police Department released the first known photos of the suspect.

‘We need all eyes on this,’ Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell wrote on Twitter early Monday, along with two photos of the person who police say pulled out a gun on Sunday and shot and killed. a commuter in an unprovoked attack.

The suspect had boarded a northbound Q train when, at approximately 11:40 a.m., he shot Daniel Enriquez once in the chest. When the train doors opened onto the Canal Street platform, the shooter fled just as officers descended into the station.

Mr. Enriquez, 48, a Brooklyn man who worked for Goldman Sachs and was on his way to brunch, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.

The photos that Commissioner Sewell posted on Twitter show a man wearing a blue surgical mask, blue hoodie, light-colored pants and white sneakers walking up what appear to be subway stairs.

She added that detectives needed help to “identify and locate this man wanted for homicide in the tragic and senseless shooting”. David Solomon, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, said in a statement Monday that Mr. Enriquez “was a devoted and beloved member of the Goldman Sachs family for nine years.

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“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy and our deepest condolences go out to Dan’s family at this difficult time,” Mr Solomon said.

The attack is the latest in a string of violent episodes on city subways this year, including a shooting last month that left at least 23 people injured, as well as the death of a woman at Times station Square in January after being pushed onto the slopes.

Such incidents presented a huge hurdle for Mayor Eric Adams, who has repeatedly pledged to reduce violence on New York’s streets and trains.

At Canal Street station on Monday morning, some commuters expressed deep concern for their safety while riding on a system that has long been the circulatory system of the city and its economy.

“It’s really scary out there,” said Dominique Lachelle, as she waited for a Q train on the downtown platform where police had unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Mr. Enriquez.

Ms Lachelle, 29, who lives in Brooklyn and is employed at a hospital reception, said the series of violent incidents influenced even the smallest of her decisions, such as whether she sat down to go to the work.

“I’m getting up now and I’m going to stand by the doors so I can escape in another car if I need to,” she added. “I don’t want to be caught in the middle.”

Mr. Enriquez, born in Williamsburg to immigrant parents from Mexico, is the eldest of his three siblings. He is the fourth person this year who has been killed in the transit system. Despite the spotlight on recent violence, fatal attacks on the city’s public transportation are far less common than on city streets. Major crime on buses and trains is only 2% of overall urban crime – the same level as before the pandemic – even though ridership is only around 60% of what it was before the coronavirus .

Still, some New Yorkers at the Canal Street station said on Monday that public transit was their only financially feasible option for getting around the boroughs.

“You can’t avoid it, because it’s expensive to take Uber,” said Hek Emra, 25, a concierge from Queens. “What can you do? There’s nothing you can do.

Lananh Nguyen contributed report.

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