Eyewitness News 7 has reported that a shooting occurred at the subway station located at 36th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 10012.
Moments before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, a masked man is said to have thrown smoke bombs on a Manhattan-bound N train. As the smoke began to fill the area, he opened fire, shooting at least ten victims ranging from 17 years old to 50. The suspect then fled the scene. Six other passengers were hurt in the commotion.
Of the victims, five were listed in critical yet stable condition. Many of the victims were transported to nearby hospitals for treatments for smoke inhalation and gunshot wounds.
Police are still searching for the suspect. Unfortunately, officials stated that the 36th Street station did not have any working security cameras despite ongoing upgrades being made to the security monitoring systems.
Officials have increased the victim count to 29 as more people reported gunshot wounds or related injuries. At this point, none of the injuries have been listed as life-threatening. Authorities determined that a malfunction with the magazine in the gun used may have prevented more victims.
Video evidence and witness statements have led police to identify 62-year-old Frank R. James as the prime suspect in this horrific attack.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville helps victims of violent crimes, such as shootings. As an experienced gun crime attorney in New York, he has helped numerous victims of shootings file civil lawsuits to recover compensation. Recently he provided some information on the legal rights of victims shot on a subway.
"Public transportation, including subways, have a legal obligation to ensure passengers and staff travel safely. Safety measures, including metal detectors, bag searches, patrolling security personnel, and monitoring cameras, help to reduce the risk of preventable dangers such as shootings and stabbings. Transit authority officials could be held accountable if they have failed to implement a safety procedure to minimize these dangers."
"Subway shooting victims are encouraged to consult an experienced gun crime lawyer to determine if they have grounds to file a lawsuit. The attorney will help identify if the crime was reasonably foreseeable and whether the station was negligent. If violence on the subway or at the station increased, the transit authority would be responsible for improving its security. Victims shot on a subway or other modes of public transportation may even be entitled to compensation."