A gunman shot and killed another man on a subway train heading over the Manhattan Bridge into Chinatown Sunday morning, in what police officials said was an unprovoked attack.
The shooter was on the last car of a Manhattan-bound Q train around 11:42 a.m., when he opened fire on a fellow passenger, hitting him in the torso, and fled out of the next station at Canal Street in Chinatown.
“According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car and without provocation pulled out a gun and fired at the victim at close range,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey told reporters during a press conference at the Canal Street station Sunday afternoon, May 22.
Paramedics rushed the 48-year-old man to Bellevue Hospital, but he could not be saved. Police did not release any more information about the victim.
The suspect remains on the lam, and cops are combing through MTA surveillance camera footage, according to Corey.
The police chief described the shooter as a heavy-set man with a beard, wearing a dark-colored hoodie, gray sweatpants, and sneakers.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority rerouted N and Q trains to the R line on both sides of the bridge between DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn and Canal Street in either direction following the incident, and N trains ran express from Canal Street to 34th Street-Herald Square, the agency posted on social media.
Northbound N trains are running express from Canal St to 34 St-Herald Sq. https://t.co/f4gnbXC2PZ
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