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At least 13 people were injured on Tuesday morning when gunfire rang out during rush hour on the New York City subway, and explosive devices were found at the scene, police and firefighters said.
Photos and amateur videos showed pools of blood and people lying on the floor of a subway train, as well as on the platform of the “36th Street” station, in the borough of Brooklyn, in a smoky atmosphere.
A spokesman for the fire department told AFP that “undetonated explosive devices” had been found. According to a police tweet, “there are no operable explosive devices at this time.”
An important safety device has been put in place at the level of the 36and Street and 4and Brooklyn Avenue, where the events occurred.
According to several media, including the NBCNewYork channel and the New York Timespolice are searching for a man wearing a gas mask and an orange jumpsuit like those worn by construction workers in the megacity of nearly 9 million people, the largest city in the United States.
President Joe Biden, who announced new anti-gun measures on Monday, has been notified of the shooting and the White House has offered assistance to authorities in New York, the executive spokeswoman said. Jen Psaki.
“At 8:27 a.m., police received an emergency call from a person who was shot and killed in the subway” in Brooklyn, a spokeswoman for the New York police told AFP, who asked the public to avoid the area.
According to a spokesperson for the fire department, there were “several shots” and “13 people were injured”.
New York State Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul said she was monitoring the situation and being kept informed of the investigation into the event.
The attack came as New York City has faced a spike in crime since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elected on security promises, the new Democratic mayor of New York, Eric Adams, launched a plan to fight against the proliferation of firearms at the end of January, after the death of two police officers shot dead during an intervention. But other gun dramas have made headlines since.
For the first quarter of 2022 — from 1is January to early April — the number of shootings and shootings in New York City rose by 260 to 296 from the same period in 2021, according to NYPD figures released last week.
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