One person died and five others were injured on Monday, after gunfire on a subway platform in New York, the police of the American megalopolis (NYPD) announced, reports AFP and Agerpres.
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The deceased person is a 34-year-old man, and the five injured are two women and three other men, aged between 14 and 71, police officers said during the press briefing at the foot of the aerial subway in the Bronx district of New York , the most disadvantaged in the city.
It was not a lone gunman who opened fire “at random” on passengers, said Commissioner Michael Kemper, in a city marked by the incident in 2022 when a man in his sixties opened fire on a crowded train of the subway, surprisingly only about thirty were injured.
Late Monday afternoon, two groups of youths were “fighting” on a train entering the station when a member of one group pulled out a gun and opened fire on the platform, just as the carriage doors were opening and passengers were entering. and they were leaving, Kemper explained.
The policeman did not give the identity of the victims except to specify that “one of them, a 34-year-old man, unfortunately died” at the hospital.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) announced in an email to AFP that four of the five people are “seriously injured”.
The aggressor fled, and the police called witnesses to provide information.
At Mount Eden Avenue station in the Bronx, completely isolated, the subway is aerial and an AFP photojournalist saw numerous police and rescue vehicles. Television footage shot by drone showed the train stopped at the station and plainclothes police and investigators busy on the platform.
“It’s not normal. Such shootings in the metro network are extremely rare and unacceptable,” emphasized policeman Kemper.
Crime and especially gun homicides are down in New York from 2022-2023, following the COVID-19 pandemic, and carrying guns in public is strictly regulated, compared to other US cities and states.