A week after the deadly attack in New York City, investigators have still not found the alleged shooter. The FBI, meanwhile, is still trying to figure out how the suspect got into the subway system in the first place. The video surveillance of the scene shows the shooter entering a subway station in Gravesend just three blocks away, carrying a black cart. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.
Police have identified the suspect as Frank R. James, a man who rented a U-Haul van in Philadelphia prior to the attack. They also found the key to the van in the collection of belongings found on the subway train, including a Glock 9 millimeter handgun, three ammunition magazines, a hatchet, and fireworks. Investigators believe James traveled to Brooklyn in his van, leaving behind the keys.
A video has emerged of James’ entry through the subway station. The suspect was wearing a reflective safety jacket and a yellow hard hat. He also had a black face mask and gloves. A photo of his face was also released. It is not clear if his motive was related to the attack, but the FBI says he has a history of multiple arrests. Authorities have not yet ruled out that he rented a U-Haul after the attack.
Some subway commuters learned of the shooting through announcements, text messages, or news alerts. Several subway lines were shut down or running with delays, complicating commutes. M.T.A. workers gathered at subway entrances to field inquiries and offer alternatives. The subways were also suspended for a while, with announcements and police tape making it hard to find a place to get to work.