(TruthandLiberty.com) – On Tuesday, April 12, New Yorkers experienced a horrific event on a subway that could have been even worse. A man entered the second car as the subway train filled with passengers at the Sunset Park station in Brooklyn around 8:30 a.m. The man opened two canisters, unleashing a cloud of smoke, and began firing shots inside the subway car.
On Wednesday morning, police named 62-year-old Frank James as the suspect in the terrifying event. Acting alone, the suspect fired a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun 33 times during the morning rush hour attack. On Wednesday, NYU Langone hospital said it treated 16 patients of the 29 injured during the attack. Ten people suffered gunshot wounds, and others suffered from smoke inhalation, shrapnel, and panic attacks. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, police had captured James on the lower East side of Manhattan after a day-long manhunt and in response to a CrimeStoppers tip provided to the New York Police Department. Law enforcement officials began combing the area almost immediately after the shooting. They found a U-Haul in a neighborhood 5 miles away from the shooting bearing Arizona license plates. They suspect James may have used the vehicle in connection with the crimes.
Officials said James has known addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia, but they didn’t know anything about his relationship with New York City. On Twitter, police released images of James with information on how to contact them if they spot the assailant.
A pregnant woman and children as young as 12 years old were injured during the gas and shooting event. Three women between 41 and 49 years of age and seven men between 15 and 41 years old sustained gunshot wounds.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told Fox News that the gun James used in the shooting came from an Ohio pawn shop in 2011.
Is There a Motive?
Last month, James criticized Adams heavily in several YouTube videos, along with other profanity-laced videos about race, politics, and current events. New York City Mayor Eric Adams hinted that the motive of the shooting was political. He said it was unacceptable for any individual to commit an atrocity because they are angry with public officials.
The mayor said officials would not rule out terrorism in this case. Adams said it’s fair game to critique government officials, but it’s not okay to unload 33 rounds on the subway while wearing a gas mask. Federal prosecutors will charge James with terror-related allegations, according to a high-ranking NYPD source who spoke with The New York Post.
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