Looking back: Wednesday marks 1 year since Sunset Park subway shooting

Frank James, 63, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of committing a terrorist attack and other violence in a mass transit vehicle.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2023, 9:43 AM

Updated 375 days ago

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Wednesday marks one year since the subway shooting in Brooklyn that left 23 people injured.
Exactly one year ago, neighbors ran for their lives up the subway steps and streets were blocked off soon after, as police investigated the scene. Police were looking for the shooter, Frank James, 62, who opened fire inside a Manhattan bound N train.
Neighbors poured out of the train car choking and screaming after police say James put on a gas mask and opened a smoke cannister. According to police, James shot into the panic-filled train car at least 33 times. Those bullets hit 10 people and an additional 19 other people were injured in the mayhem that followed.
After the shooting, James made his getaway by leaving the N train and boarding an R train, exiting the subway system at 25th Street. Police found fireworks and two more smoke grenades in his discarded backpack along with a pair of keys to a U-Haul registered in James’ name, which authorities later found along Kings Highway. James was arrested in the East Village over 24 hours later.
The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 counts of committing a terrorist attack and other violence in a mass transit vehicle, one count for each victim who was shot. He faces up to life in prison for each of these counts and now waits for sentencing.


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