4 victims still hospitalized after shooting on subway in Brooklyn because suspect was denied bail

By Brynn Gingras, Mark Morales, Shimon Prokupecz, Laura Ly, Kristina Sgueglia, Sonia Moghe and Aya Elamroussi, CNN

Four victims remained hospitalized on Thursday, two days after a mass shooting on a subway train left New Yorkers deeply shaken and forced to consider passenger security on the system. The largest public transport system in the country.

On Friday, Mayor Eric Adams is scheduled to hold a virtual news conference to thank frontline workers for their handling of the shooting and its aftermath.

In all, 29 people were hospitalized after what is believed to be Frank James hurled smoke grenades and fired 33 rounds into a passenger train during morning rush hour in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

10 people were shot, and 19 others suffered smoke-related injuries, falls or panic attacks, officials said. Four people remained hospitalized on Thursday in stable condition, according to hospital representatives.

James’ appeared in court on Thursday – a day after he was arrested in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan – the 62-year-old was denied bail and pleaded not guilty to breaking a law banning terrorism and assault. violence on public transport.

And while officials have not released a motive for one of the most violent attacks to hit the city’s subway system, they have pointed to numerous YouTube videos in which James shares his views on violence, mass shootings and mental health.

James, who is Black, said in the videos that he suffered from post-traumatic stress and supported hatred of African-Americans and others who he believed were malicious against him.

In a video posted in February, he criticized the Mayor Adams administration’s plan to tackle safety and homelessness on the subway, saying it was “certainly going to fail”.

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Adams said the city wants to increase security in the subway system. That includes testing technology the mayor says can detect whether someone is carrying a gun.

“But it’s extremely difficult to identify people entering the metro system because our system is so extensive,” Adams added.

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Prosecutors: The attack was ‘pre-planned and carefully planned’

At James’ hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Winik described the attack as “premeditated and carefully planned.”

And in a letter filed by U.S. Attorney Breon Peace to a federal judge, prosecutors also said James was a daredevil and a danger to the community.

“The defendant committed a previously remedial mass shooting on the New York City subway system and then fled the scene, with a stockpile of ammunition and other dangerous items kept in my vault,” the letter read.

Defense attorney Mia Eisner-Grynberg warned against rushing to judge.

“We’re all still learning about what happened on that train,” she said outside court. “What we do know is this: Yesterday, Mr. James saw his photo on the news. He called Crime Stoppers to help. He told them where he was. Initial press and police reports in cases like these are often inaccurate. Mr. James has the right to a fair trial, and we will make sure he gets a trial. “

The shooting James is alleged to have taken place as a train was traveling from the 59th Street station to the 36th Street station in Brooklyn shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspected shooter was wearing a yellow hard hat, orange reflective vest and surgical mask when he placed at least one smoke-producing device and began shooting at people. with a Glock pistol. Witnesses saw the suspect wearing a gas mask, the complaint states.

Passengers panicked as they tried to escape the smoke engulfing the train by running to one end of the carriage.

The doors would not open until two minutes later, when the train reached 36th Street station, and passengers fled the train as smoke followed them, the video showed.

Other victims with bloody wounds fell to the platform as they screamed for medical attention. Photos taken at the scene showed the subway platform covered in blood and people sitting and lying on the platform after the shooting.

Evidence related to the shooting suspect

James was initially considered a person of interest after authorities determined he rented a U-Haul van whose keys were found at the scene.

Investigators then declared him a suspect Wednesday morning after they learned he bought the gun that was left at the scene.

Authorities also found a bag containing a Glock pistol, a plastic container of gasoline, a torch, U-Haul keys and multiple bank cards, as well as another bag containing fireworks, the lawsuit states. .

James purchased the gun in Ohio in 2011, bank cards with James’ name on them and a U-Haul key connected to a truck James rented in Philadelphia, according to the lawsuit.

A neon light left on a subway platform with a receipt for a Philadelphia storage unit registered with James, the complaint states.

Federal prosecutors believe he went to a warehouse stocked with ammunition and weapons the night before the attack, according to court documents. A search of the unit revealed additional ammunition and “a threaded 9mm pistol barrel that allows for a silencer or silencer to be attached.”

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he called Crime Stopper about himself, sources revealed to CNN.

Another tip was also given after James was discovered by passersby.

Jack Griffin, 17, said he was on a field trip with his high school photography class when he spotted James sitting on a bench in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Griffin tipped the NYPD Crime Stoppers around 10:30 a.m. And although James wasn’t arrested for several more hours, the NYPD later told him the tip helped them narrow down his whereabouts. him, he said.

“It was crazy. I was looking for things to shoot, and I found that was probably one of the people who wanted to shoot the most,” he said.

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