New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Wednesday, 13 April, that the 62-year-old man identified so far as a "person of interest" in the shooting at a Brooklyn subway in the city on Tuesday is now considered a suspect.
Adams told Bloomberg that this development was based on a briefing from law enforcement officials and the evidence that has been collected so far.
The police on Tuesday evening had identified 62-year-old Frank James as a "person of interest" with respect to the mass shooting which left 23 people injured, 10 of whom were shot. James is still at large.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said that James had fired numerous shots inside a subway car on 36th Street station. The NYPD also asked the public to come forward if they possessed any information on his whereabouts.
The NYPD has offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the culprit.
Nobody has been taken into custody as of now.
Verified videos viral on social media showed a train pulling into the station on Tuesday, as passengers rushed out. Smoke was seen coming out from the train station.
Clues Include a Van
Police officers have found a collection of belongings that were left on the train in which the attack took place, like a Glock 9-millimeter handgun and the key to a van that was later found a few blocks away.
The van was found by the police, and according to officials, it was rented by James, that too in Philadelphia sometime over the last few days.
The police also say that James drove the van to an area of Brooklyn near the subway line where the shooting happened.
Subway Service Resumes
The attack, which took place at around 8:30 in the morning, had led to chaos across the city's subway lines since the N and R trains had stopped commuting,
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, however, stated that on Wednesday morning, the D, N and R trains had started to function normally.
The trains are now stopping at the 36th Street station in both directions given that the police has concluded its investigation.
It is yet to be determined how many people are staying away from the subway out of fear.
Consulate General Reacts
Representing the Consulate General of India in New York, Consul General Randhir Jaiswal told PTI that it was monitoring the shooting incident and is in touch with the local authorities.
The consulate also tweeted that it was "deeply disturbed by horrific shooting in Brooklyn today. We are in touch with local authorities. Our prayers and thoughts with those injured."