By John Miller and Celina Tebor | CNN
One person died and five others were injured in a shooting after at least one person pulled out a gun and started shooting as a subway train pulled into a station in the Bronx borough of New York, police announced Monday evening.
Two groups of teenagers were on a northbound No. 4 train and when the doors opened at the Mt. Eden subway station, someone started shooting, according to the police’s transit chief from New York, Michael Kemper. The first 911 calls about the shooting came in around 4:35 p.m., he said.
People ran off the train and more shots were fired on the platform. Among the injured were groups of teenagers and passers-by, he added.
“We don’t believe this was a random shooting. We don’t think this is just an individual shooting indiscriminately at a train. “We believe this shooting resulted from an argument between two groups that started on a train,” Kemper told reporters at a news conference on the street below the station, which serves an elevated part of the rail system .
Four men were shot, including a 34-year-old man who died at a hospital, police said. The injured victims were ages 15, 28 and 71, Kemper said. Authorities would not describe the nature of their injuries.
A 14-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman were also shot but their injuries were not life-threatening, he said.
“This is not the norm,” said Kemper, who said the subway is safe. “Shootings were down last year. A shooting like this on the subway is extremely rare and unacceptable…The bigger question is why do people feel emboldened to pull out their guns and shoot? There must be (legal) consequences.”
The shooter fled the scene wearing a red jacket and a ski mask, a police source told CNN.
Authorities said the number of suspects is part of the investigation and they will distribute photos from surveillance cameras as they become available. Detectives are interviewing witnesses to the shooting, they said.
Janno Lieber, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said this type of violence is unacceptable.
“The heart of New York is breaking,” Lieber said. “The hearts of New Yorkers break when people go home and children returning to school to do their homework are subjected to random acts of violence, like what happened here late in the day. -noon.”
Kaz Daughtry, deputy commissioner for police operations, sent a stern message to the shooter.
“You are now the most wanted man in the New York Police Department and the greatest detectives in the world are looking for you,” Daughtry said. “We suggest you surrender because you won’t make it.”
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