On Tuesday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Mayor Eric Adams (D) officially labelled Frank James as a suspect in the Brooklyn shooting that left dozens of people injured, saying he is no longer just a person of interest.
The New York Police Department tweeted on Wednesday that it is looking for information on James, who allegedly fired “several gun shots inside a ‘N’ line subway vehicle at 36th St & 4th Ave subway station, causing significant injuries to ten persons.” In total, at least 23 persons were hurt.
For information leading to the arrest of the shooter in the Brooklyn subway shooting, authorities are offering a $50,000 prize.
Fabien Levy, Adams’ press secretary, stated that James is not in NYPD custody at this time.
At a press conference on Tuesday, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said that officers collected a U-Haul key at the scene of the shooting, which led to the discovery of a U-Haul van in Brooklyn. James is thought to be the renter of the van, which was rented in Philadelphia, according to the police.
“We believe the renter of this U-Haul in Philadelphia is a Frank R. James, a 62-year-old male with addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia,” Essig said at a press conference. “We’re trying to track him down to see if he has any ties to the train shooting.”
Authorities also found a Glock 17 9 mm handgun, three extended Glock-type magazines, three discharged shell casings, 15 bullets, five bullet fragments, two exploded smoke grenades, two undetonated smoke grenades, a hatchet, and gasoline, according to Essig.
According to Adams, James “took out a very sick activity” and police are concentrating on his “apprehension at this moment” and gathering the evidence they need for this case.
According to CNN, James has also been linked to many videos put on a YouTube channel in which he allegedly discussed violence and mass shootings.
According to the report, James mentioned killing people in his most recent video, which he posted on Monday, a day before the attack.
“I’ve been through a lot of crap where I’ve wanted to kill people,” she says. I wanted to see people die in front of my f—— face right now. According to CNN, James remarked in the video, “But I thought about the fact that, hey dude, I don’t want to go to no f—— prison.”
According to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, online posts linked to James based on early information also cited homelessness, New York City, and Adams.
As a result, Sewell said the mayor’s security detail would be beefed up “for the sake of safety.”