Man shot several times on Brooklyn subway platform; 1 in custody

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NEW YORK — A man was shot several times on a Brooklyn platform Underground station on Thursday afternoon.

It happened shortly before five in the afternoon on the north platform of the A/C line at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station.

The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

A person of interest was arrested at the scene. A gun was also recovered, CBS New York’s Lori Bordonaro reported.

NYPD update on Brooklyn subway shooting

At a news conference, police said the man who was shot was the one who initially had the gun.

Police said a 32-year-old man boarded the train at Nostrand Avenue when he was approached by a 36-year-old man who was acting aggressively. The two men began arguing and then fighting.

Police said the 36-year-old man first pulled out a knife and then pulled out a gun. That’s when the other man grabbed the gun and shot the 36-year-old man several times.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

“Everyone was running. People were falling and trying to get out of the station,” said cyclist Nadgel Maldonado.

Witnesses said they were crying and huddled together, adding that police boarded the train with guns drawn and told everyone to stay below.

“It’s not right to experience this at all, because I don’t know if I’m paralyzed. I still can’t get up. I basically have those two people here helping me,” one woman said. “Yes, that’s right. It’s not safe for us.”

NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper added: “It’s very important to know that there were several police officers at this station, just a few feet away from when the train arrived, who actually heard the gunshots and arrived. to the scene in a matter of seconds.

Police cordoned off the station, disrupting service during the afternoon rush hour.

Janno Lieber, CEO of the MTA condemned what was the latest in a series of clandestine armed violence.

“The real victims are the people in the video who have a distressing moment with someone on the train with a gun. They just want to get on with their lives, so get rid of the guns!” Lieber said.

So far this year, there are already eight victims of shootings in the transit system. In the same period last year, there was only one. There have also been 17 firearms arrests in the transit system during the same period, up from eight last year.

The shooting occurs as Governor Kathy Hochul has deployed National Guard troops to the system to help strengthen security due to concern about crime in the subway.

It is unclear whether the man who fired the gun will be charged or whether he will be determined to have acted in self-defense.

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