Rush hour had just started on the New York subway. It was around 4:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Paris time) when gunfire broke out on Monday, February 12, on the platform of a station in the Bronx borough, at a time when many children were leaving the school and workers return home. A 34-year-old man was killed and five people were injured. They are three other men and two women, aged 14 to 71, police officers said during a press briefing at the foot of the elevated train in the city’s most disadvantaged New York borough. .
It was not a sniper who opened fire ” randomly “ on passengers, said Commissioner Michael Kemper, in a city marked by the crime in 2022 of a sixty-year-old who shot into a crowded metro train, miraculously only injuring around thirty people.
Two groups of young people ” were arguing “ on a train entering the station when a member of a group pulled out a gun and opened fire on the platform, just as the carriage doors were opening and passengers were getting on and off, Kemper said.
Among the five injured hospitalized, New York firefighters counted four affected “seriously”, according to an email sent to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The shooter is on the run and police have launched an appeal for witnesses.
Crime on the decline
At this Mount Eden Avenue station, completely cordoned off, the metro is aerial and an AFP photographer saw a number of police and emergency vehicles. Television footage filmed by drone showed the train stopped and plainclothes police and investigators busy on the platform.
“The train was coming and there were two children screaming, declared to Daily News a witness, Efrain Feliciano. There were at least six shots fired.” “I saw sparks when the bullets hit the wall,” he added.
” It is not normal. Shootings like this in the metro network are extremely rare and unacceptable”assured police officer Mr. Kemper.
Crime, and particularly homicides by firearms, have been declining in New York in recent months. Unlike other cities and states in the country, the carrying of weapons in public is strictly regulated.