In a shooting that occurred during rush hour at a subway station in New York City, sixteen people were injured.
As of 8:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. GMT), a smoke bomb was detonated and shots were fired at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn.
Bloodied passengers could be seen lying on the smoke-filled platform.
Officials are seeking information about the gunman, who fled the scene and is still at large.
According to New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, a gas mask-wearing individual opened fire on the subway and platform, striking multiple people.
Ms Sewell described the attacker as wearing a green vest and a grey sweatshirt.
At the moment, this is not being investigated as an act of terrorism, she said.
There are ten people who were shot, while several others inhaled smoke and suffered injuries during the initial panic.
Five people are critically ill but stable. The police said none of the injured was in a life-threatening condition.
Investigators are still trying to determine the motive for the attack.
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“My subway door opened into calamity. It was smoke and blood and people screaming,” eyewitness Sam Carcamo told the Associated Press. The train’s doors were opened and a billow of smoke poured out
She said she saw the suspect drop “some kind of cylinder that sparked at the top” – initially believing he was a subway worker because of the vest he was wearing.
It was originally called about smoke inside the station by New York’s fire department, according to the BBC.
When officials arrived, they found multiple people wounded and shot.
The incident was briefed to both Attorney General Merrick Garland and President Joe Biden.
The number of gun violence incidents in US cities has increased over the past two years.
“This insanity that is seizing our city has to stop,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said after the attack. “We say no more. No more mass shootings. No more disrupting lives.”