A manhunt was launched for the shooter who struck at around 8.30am, throwing New York rush hour into chaos and injuring more than a dozen people at the 36th Street station in Brooklyn
An eye-witness to a terrifying mass shooting at a New York subway station has described the moment he was warned away as a bloodied man staggered from the mayhem towards him.
Multiple people were shot after a gunman wearing a gas mask threw smoke bombs and opened fired at commuters in a city subway car.
A manhunt was launched for the shooter who struck at around 8.30am, throwing New York rush hour into chaos and injuring more than a dozen people at the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighbourhood.
The city’s police department has since named Frank James, 62, as a ‘person of interest’ following the shooting.
Cops released two photos of James, as they continue to hunt for him in connection to the mass shooting that left 28 with injures, including 10 with gunshot wounds.
Speaking to The Sun one witness said he was moments away from being swept up in the shooting on Tuesday morning.
Konrad Aderer, a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker, said he had been making his way down a flight of steps inside the station when he saw a bloodied man coming towards him calling out that people were hurt.
He said: “I saw this guy come up to the station booth, his pants were down and he was bleeding from both of his legs.
“He was very animatedly telling the agent that there were people injured and bleeding on the platform. I thought I heard him say something about a shooting but I wasn’t totally sure at the time.”
He told how he felt very concerned for the injured man and said he decided to “just get out.”
He added: “At that point, I decided I know as much as I needed to and there was no reason for me to be there a second longer.
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“Part of me wanted to find out what happened and help but it just didn’t seem wise. I have a family and I just would have been risking myself and not really helping [by being there].”
He went on to say that as he left he saw streams of police officers and emergency crews come down the steps in the opposite direction.
Another witness John Ramsey, saw the immediate aftermath and described seeing people ‘running and screaming’ out of the train.
He detailed to the outlet a ‘mass flight of people’ who he said were confused with nobody knowing where to go.
Terrifying footage of the incident had showed a smoke-filled platform as panicked commuters flee from the train after a man falls through the train doors and collapses on the ground.
Smoke billowed out as the train car pulled into the 36th Street station and opened its doors. Riders trapped inside poured out, some falling to the ground. Images showed streaks of blood on the platform.
Earlier reports claimed that a suspect had been in custody but police later confirmed that nobody had yet been arrested.