Date: April 12, 2022
Written By: Savannah Fellows, Jan García, Maria Ruehl, NORTHCOM Team, W/T Team
Manja Vitasovic, Editor; Jennifer Loy, Chief of Staff
Brooklyn, New York City
Event: On Tuesday, April 12, at around 0824 local time, a suspected black male, approximately 5’5”, heavy build, wearing a green construction vest and a gas mask, shot 10 people inside a northbound N train between the 59th Street and 36th Street subway stations in Brooklyn. The shooting occurred as the subway was entering the 36th Street station. The suspect used a smoke bomb inside the 5551-subway car and proceeded to shoot passengers trying to escape the smoke. As of now, 16 people have been hospitalized, with five in critical but stable condition. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Fire Department of New York (FDNY), and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Investigators currently do not believe the shooting was a terrorist attack. No explosive devices have been found on the subway. The suspect and his motives for the attack are still unknown.
Significance: Residents, commuters, local schools, and businesses near Sunset Park neighborhood are almost certainly at high risk as the suspect is still not arrested. Sunset Park High School is under a shelter-in-place order, very likely causing distress to the school personnel and students’ families. The suspect almost certainly left the subway area immediately to avoid being detected and will very likely change identified characteristics, like getting rid of the gas mask and known clothing, to deceive law enforcement. The perpetrator will very likely try to blend in with the crowds or hide in nearby businesses to evade law enforcement. The suspect will very likely aim to travel further away from the attack spot to avoid arrest. The attack was almost certainly premeditated as the suspect dressed as a construction worker and used a gas mask when activating the smoke bomb. This was likely planned to occur in morning rush hour when more people were present, almost certainly meant to cause more injuries. The attack in the populated area almost certainly aimed to garner media attention to increase panic by reaching a broader audience.
Any pertinent information regarding this shooting, including reports of suspicious activity, should be reported to NYPD either online or to the reporting line 800-577-8477 (800-577-TIPS), to help local authorities identify the suspect’s updated location.
It is recommended that those traveling in New York City maintain situational awareness and plan alternate routes for travel as delays can be expected on or around the crime scene.
It is recommended to the NYPD that all subway stations and compartments are randomly screened for suspicious packages and improvised explosive devices.
It is recommended to the NYPD to service all CCTV cameras within high-risk areas of subway stations for deterrence and rapid response purposes.
CTG recommends to the NYPD to be prepared to respond to additional threats by putting previous targets of terror attacks on high alerts, like the 9/11 Memorial, Grand Central Station, US Postal Service offices, and NYPD precincts.
Additional threats should be monitored and responded to by citizens with the “See Something, Say Something” campaign by reporting information to the New York State Department of Homeland Security. Bordering states should also be on high alert as there is a potential for the perpetrator to travel across state lines.
If there is any additional and or critical information, please contact us at The Counterterrorism Group (CTG) by Telephone at 202-643-2848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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