Several people were shot on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station during the Tuesday morning rush hour, officials said, a violent episode that heightened simmering public safety fears that have hampered New York City’s pressure to recover from the pandemic.
Preliminary reports indicated that five people were shot, a law enforcement officer said. Police were looking for a man wearing a gas mask and orange construction vest, the official said.
Police officers were called to the 36th Street subway station, where the D, N, and R lines will pass through the Sunset Park neighborhood around 8:30 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. They had also received reports of smoke in the station.
Transit officials said trains on the D, N and R lines would be delayed due to an unspecified investigation. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subway system, said no additional details were available.
A spokesman for Mayor Eric Adams declined to comment because the reports were still preliminary.
This is a story in development and will be updated.
Jonah E. Bromwich contributed reporting.