At least thirteen people were shot in a Brooklyn subway station by a man wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest, WNBC reports. At least two victims are believed to be seriously wounded. The shooter, who police believed acted alone, may have tossed a smoke canister to distract or confuse the rush hour crowd. Despite efforts to search subway tunnels, the police had still not apprehended the shooter several hours after he opened fire at the 36th Street and Fourth Avenue station at 8:30 a.m.
An all-out manhunt was under way as investigators seek a motive to the crime. The shootings were discovered when the fire department responded to a call about smoke at the station and found multiple gunshot victims. Some of the wounded had jumped on another train to flee the station. Subway service was seriously delayed Tuesday morning and local schools were placed under a shelter in place order. The New York Police Department is leading the investigation with federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security Investigations also on the scene.