Violent Incident Breaks Out on NYC Subway

Violent Incident Breaks Out on NYC Subway

( – Prosecutors in New York have confirmed they will not file charges against a man who discharged a firearm on the subway, injuring one. Oren Yaniv of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said investigations into the incident concluded that the shooter acted in self-defense, which “precludes us from filing any criminal charges.”

A 36-year-old, who suffered critical injuries after getting shot, was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife and behaving aggressively. The violence broke out after a verbal altercation with an unnamed 32-year-old male over a subway seat, which descended into a scuffle. At that point, the 36-year-old produced a knife or blade and later a gun, which the 32-year-old wrestled from him and shot him in the head.

Images of the incident, circling on social media, showed terrified passengers crouching on the floor of the subway carriage as the train arrived at Hoyt-Schermerhorn station in Brooklyn. The video also showed people hurriedly fleeing the carriage in the aftermath, but no other injuries were reported.

In early March, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops and MTA police to the New York City subway amid concerns about violence on the network.

Police said they were searching for three suspects after a row erupted on a train in the Bronx back in February. A verbal dispute exploded and a shot was fired inside the carriage before the violence spilled onto the platform at Mount Eden Avenue. Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny described the scene at Mount Eden as “chaos” as people rushed to get away, according to Reuters. Mr. Kenny explained that nineteen bullets were fired during the incident and identified the dead man as Obed Beltran-Sanchez, a 35-year-old Mexican citizen from Tehuacan, Puebla. Local media reports suggested that Mr. Beltran-Sanchez was an innocent bystander and not involved in the altercation.

Five others, including a 14-year-old girl, were treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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