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At least 23 injured in NYC subway station

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A shooter in a construction vest wore a gas mask, set off a smoke canister on a New York City busy time subway train and shot at least 23 people Tuesday morning, authorities said. The shooter was at large and described as dangerous after leaving wounded commuters bleeding on a Brooklyn platform while others ran screaming.

Five people were in critical condition but expected to survive. At least 16 in all were injured somehow in the attack that began on a subway train that pulled into the 36th Street station in the ward’s Sunset Park area.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said that the attack was not being investigated as “terrorism”, but that she was “not ruling out anything”. The shooter has not been identified and the motive remains obscure.

The attack panicked a city on guard about a rise in gun violence and the ever-present threat of attacks. The shooting left some New Yorkers unsteady about riding the nation’s busiest subway system and prompted officials to increment policing at transportation centers from Philadelphia to Connecticut.

The incident happened on a subway line that runs through south Brooklyn in an area transcendently home to Hispanic and Asian communities and about a 15-minute train ride to Manhattan. Local schools, including Sunset Park High School across the street from the station, were locked down with students sheltering in place, as police hunted for the suspect.

 
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