At least 13 injured in gunfire at New York subway during rush hour, explosions heard
Several people were shot when two people open fire during morning rush hour at a subway train in New York's Brooklyn area on Tuesday.
Officials said that 13 people have been injured during the shooting incident in Sunset Park at 8.30 am.
"At 8h 27 police responded to a 911 call of a person shot in the subway" in Brooklyn, a New York police spokeswoman told AFP.
NY1 news channel, quoting sources, said that the suspect was wearing some sort of construction uniform with a gas mask and tools.
Social media reports said that a fire was lit on a train. While other reports claimed that explosives were spotted at the site.
New York Police Department said in an advisory: "Due to an investigation, avoid the area of 36th Street and 4th Avenue area in Brooklyn. Expect emergency vehicles and delays in the surrounding area."
The NYPD said there are "no active explosive devices".
A joint team of FBI and New York Police Department (NYPD) has been formed and rushed to the site to determine whether the incident was a terrorist attack.
The suspect is not in custody.
A lady who witnessed the event while riding the train told The New York Post that there were so many rounds fired off she “lost count.”
“There was like, lots of them. I don’t even know how many,” she said.
She said she saw the man — who was described as a 5-foot-5 black man, around 170 pounds wearing an orange vest and gas mask — drop “some kind of cylinder that sparked at the top.”