Police identify Frank James as prime suspect in New York City subway shooting
The NYPD has identified Frank James as a ‘person of interest’ in the subway attack. He is a 62-year-old man who authorities are searching for, although it has not been established whether he is the perpetrator.
Authorities found a key to a U-Haul rental van at the crime scene, which in turn led to the location of the vehicle on a main thoroughfare in Brooklyn. The van has been cordoned off and is under investigation, reports Police Unit Chief James Essig.
Frank James was identified as the person who rented the van. Police are trying to “locate him to determine his connection to the subway shooting, if any.”
The perpetrator of the attack threw two smoke bombs into the second car of the N line train while it was between the 59th and 33rd Street stops in southwest Brooklyn. He fired at least 33 shots from a 9mm Glock handgun, wounding 10 people.
A 9mm Glock 17 handgun with three magazines, two other unexploded smoke bombs and gasoline, among other items, were recovered at the scene. Police asked for the public’s cooperation in finding Frank James. A total of $50,000 reward is being offered for any information that may lead to his location.
In addition to the 10 gunshot wounds, 13 other people had to be treated for smoke inhalation or panic attacks, according to the latest official figures.