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Multiple people shot, explosives found at NY subway station

NYPD patrol car (Pete Stewart/WikiCommons)
April 12, 2022

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Several people were shot and undetonated explosives were found at a Brooklyn subway station on Tuesday, according to fire department and law enforcement sources who spoke to the New York Times, NBC New York and the Associated Press.

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said it responded to reports of smoke at the 36th Street and Fourth Avenue station at around 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday. There, FDNY members reportedly found multiple victims of possible gunshot wounds. An FDNY spokesperson told the Associated Press they found undetonated devices while responding to the call.

An NYPD source told the Associated Press they were responding to reports of people wounded either by gunfire or an explosion.

The New York Post shared photos from the subway station, showing multiple people lying bloodied on the ground, and tweeted, “NYPD investigating possible explosion in Brooklyn subway station during morning rush hour.”

Yeshiva World News reporter Moshe Schwartz shared a video showing the aftermath of the attack and subway workers advising people to get on the train to clear out the subway station.

“NYPD says no active explosives devices at subway station,” Schwartz said in a subsequent tweet. “FBI & ATF on scene.”

A law enforcement official told the New York Times that preliminary reports indicate five people were shot. The official said police are on the lookout for a suspect with a gas mask and an orange construction vest.

NBC New York reported two of the five shooting victims were seriously wounded. Other people in the crowd were also injured, but officials said their injuries likely were the result of the crowd’s response to the chaos.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has told people to avoid the area around the subway station.

“ADVISORY: Due to an investigation, avoid the area of 36th Street and 4th Avenue area in Brooklyn. Expect emergency vehicles and delays in the surrounding area.”