The man arrested in the shooting of 10 people on a Brooklyn subway has been charged with a federal terrorism offense.
The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced the charge against Frank R. James at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
James was taken into custody in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood shortly beforehand.
James is accused in the Tuesday attack on a crowded rush-hour train.
All 10 gunshot victims were expected to survive.
The charge applies to violent attacks against mass transit systems and there is no indication that James had ties to terror organizations.
The motive remains unclear.
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Authorities have arrested a man wanted in an attack on a subway train in Brooklyn that left 10 people wounded by gunfire.
Investigators had announced Tuesday afternoon that they were searching for Frank R. James, who was believed to have rented a van possibly connected to the violence.
By Wednesday morning, New York authorities said he was a suspect in the shooting itself.
He was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan.
Authorities were examining social media videos in which the 62-year-old decried the United States as a racist place awash in violence and railed against New York City’s mayor.
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At least eight people were shot and eight others injured when a gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and opened fire Tuesday morning.
Police were still searching for the suspect.
Officials said the gunfire wounded at least eight people, and at least 16 in all were injured in some way in the attack at the 36th Street station in the borough’s Sunset Park neighborhood.
According to multiple law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation, preliminary information indicated that the suspect who fled was a man wearing a construction vest and a gas mask.
Original Story (4/12/22):
NEW YORK — Law enforcement sources say five people were shot at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York.
Fire personnel responding to reports of smoke Tuesday morning at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park found multiple people shot and unexploded devices.
The fire department said 13 people were injured, but no details were provided.
A photo from the scene showed people tending to bloodied passengers lying on the floor of the station.
According to multiple law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation, preliminary information indicated a suspect was wearing a construction vest and a gas mask.
Further details were not immediately available.
Trains were delayed.