The NYC subway mass shooter, who opened fire on unsuspecting passengers while at a Brooklyn station, was on the FBI’s terror watch list until 2019.
“The suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting was on the FBI’s terrorist radar in New Mexico until 2019, according to a report – and was cleared after ‘multiple interviews’,” the Daily Mail reported.
“The shooter has not yet been publicly identified and he remains on the loose hours after opening fire on a busy northbound N train as it approached 36th Street in Sunset Park,” the Mail added.
Federal law enforcement earlier declined to release a photo or name of the suspect, exceedingly odd behavior for a manhunt. However, on Wednesday they named the suspect: Frank Robert James.
On 4/12/22 at 8:30 AM, Frank Robert James fired numerous gun shots inside an "N" line subway car at 36th St & 4th Ave subway station causing serious injuries to 10 people. Anyone with info about the incident or his whereabouts should contact @NYPDTips or call 1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/MaeF16i4bX
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 13, 2022
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“Frank James rented a U-Haul van tied to the N train attack in Sunset Park and is being sought for questioning, police said at an evening briefing,” the New York Post earlier reported.
“The key to the van was found at the scene of the crime, as was a credit card that rented the vehicle out of Philadelphia, cops and law-enforcement sources said,” the story added.
It was unclear if James was the suspected gunman, the NYPD earlier told the Post.
Andy Ngo looked into Frank James’ social media background and found that he was a virulent black nationalist, much like the Waukesha parade attacker.
Breaking: NYPD named Frank James as a person of interest in the #Brooklyn mass shooting. I looked into his social media. Like the Waukesha suspect & the Louisville BLM activist who allegedly tried to assassinate a mayoral candidate, he appeared to be a fan of black nationalism. pic.twitter.com/aUQZGakJfW
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 12, 2022
“Breaking: NYPD named Frank James as a person of interest in the #Brooklyn mass shooting,” NGO reported. “I looked into his social media. Like the Waukesha suspect & the Louisville BLM activist who allegedly tried to assassinate a mayoral candidate, he appeared to be a fan of black nationalism.”
There was more information reported about James’ connection to the U-Haul van found by police authorities.
“The gunman had been on the run for hours before police uncovered a crucial clue: the van, which had Arizona plates and was located on West Third Street near Kings Highway late Tuesday afternoon,” sources told the Post.
“Police have launched a massive manhunt for the shooter and revealed that surveillance cameras at the Sunset Park subway station were not working at the time of the assault,” the Post noted. “Law enforcement sources told The Post that the cameras tend to go out ‘from time to time’.”
More information about the attack surfaced, and was reported by Becker News contributor Real Mac Report.
Brooklyn Subway Shooting Update: Police are looking for a U-Haul van with Arizona license plates AL31408 that may be linked to the suspect.
This is the bag with fireworks and smoke canisters police recovered in connection with Brooklyn subway shooting. pic.twitter.com/SPD98GwWBM
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) April 12, 2022
“Brooklyn Subway Shooting Update: Police are looking for a U-Haul van with Arizona license plates AL31408 that may be linked to the suspect,” Being Real Mac reported. “This is the bag with fireworks and smoke canisters police recovered in connection with Brooklyn subway shooting.”
A Glock was also found at the crime scene, as was confirmed by the NY Post’s Karol Markowicz.
I can confirm fireworks and a Glock pistol were recovered at the scene of the Brooklyn subway shooting.
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) April 12, 2022
The suspect was initially described as a “black male” who is about 5’5″.
Manhunt underway for suspect in attack on NYC subway, injuring at-least 13.
• Black Male.
• Wearing a construction vest.
8:30 am in the morning that's peak time and possibly everything was planned. pic.twitter.com/lw0JLHmJpf
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) April 12, 2022
“A 62-year-old man has been identified as a person of interest in the savage Brooklyn subway attack that injured at least 29 people Tuesday morning,” the New York Post reported, citing officials.
Thirteen people were reported injured by the attack, which was accompanied by a bomb scare. The NYPD said that there are currently no active explosive devices.
In regard to the multiple people shot at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time. Any witnesses are asked to call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. Please stay clear of the area. More provided information when available. pic.twitter.com/8UoiCAXemB
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 12, 2022
“In regard to the multiple people shot at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time. Any witnesses are asked to call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. Please stay clear of the area. More provided information when available,” NYPD News tweeted.
Bloody subway passengers lay in the aisles after the traumatic incident. Graphic and disturbing photos arose on social media showing the carnage.
Injured civilians reached out to loved ones following the attack.
Paraphernalia were scattered on the bloody subway ramp amidst the panic and confusion.
There was blood tracked all over the subway following the shooting attack.
The NYPD is looking for a male suspect who was last seen wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest.
The mass shooting attack follows one day after a Biden administration push for stronger gun control measures, including a ban on “ghost guns.”
Editor’s note: This article was updated as breaking news and developments unfolded.