NEW YORK – Frank R. James is the subject of a manhunt led by the NYPD for his connection to an attack on a subway train in Brooklyn that left 10 people suffering from gunshot wounds and smoke inhalation on Tuesday.
The subway shooter set off smoke grenades in a crowded subway car, fired 33 rounds from a 9mm handgun, and wounded ten people. The shooter then fled. He left behind the gun, magazines, a hatchet, smoke grenades, a black garbage can, a rolling cart, gasoline, and the key to a U-Haul van. The train pulled into the 36th Street station in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Someone directed the fleeing people to another train across the platform.
The subway system was back to normal operations on Wednesday. Police were checking backpacks at some stations.
Investigators found a U-Haul van parked near the subway entrance where the shooting took place. The key to that van was inside the train car. James rented the van. He legally purchased the 9mm handgun in 2011. Despite the evidence, it is unclear whether he is responsible for the shooting.