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Man arrested in Brooklyn subway shooting

New York City police officers arrest subway shooting suspect Frank R. James, 62, on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Meredith Goldberg

Man arrested in Brooklyn subway shooting

After bystanders in Manhattan’s East Village called in a tip, New York City patrol officers took Frank R. James, 62, into custody Wednesday afternoon as the prime suspect in Tuesday’s shooting. James allegedly set off a smoke device and fired a gun 33 times on a crowded rush-hour train in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Twenty-nine people suffered bullet wounds or other injuries. Gov. Kathy Hochul said five victims were students on their way to school. U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said he will press multiple federal charges, including committing a terrorist attack on a mass transportation system.

Why is James suspected? The shooter left behind the gun, ammunition magazines, a hatchet, smoke grenades, gasoline, and the key to a U-Haul van. The van was found outside the entrance to the subway. Investigators believe James rented the van in Philadelphia and bought the gun from a pawn shop, a licensed firearms dealer, in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. Although James, who has addresses in Wisconsin and in Philadelphia, has roughly a dozen prior arrests on his record, he has no felony convictions that would have prevented him from purchasing a weapon. YouTube confirmed Wednesday it deleted videos he uploaded about violence and mass shootings.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.


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