Crime has surged lately in the New York City subway system, though shootings remain rare. In April, there were two. The first took place during the mo

A Subway Shooting That New York City Overlooked

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2022-05-14 21:30:18

Crime has surged lately in the New York City subway system, though shootings remain rare. In April, there were two. The first took place during the morning commute on April 12th, aboard an N train in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. A disturbed drifter named Frank James allegedly set off smoke bombs and began firing a handgun in a crowded train car, shooting ten people. Miraculously, everyone lived. (Police took James into custody the following day.) The second shooting occurred nearly two weeks later, at the Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer station, in Jamaica, Queens. On the afternoon of April 25th, two men got in a fight near the turnstiles at the eastern end of the station. One pulled out a gun and shot the other man twice in the chest and once in the groin. No miracles here. The man who was shot, a twenty-four-year-old named Marcus Bethea, died soon afterward. Police have identified a suspect but have not yet made an arrest in the case.

The day after the shooting at Parsons/Archer, the governing board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s buses and subways, welcomed Governor Kathy Hochul to its monthly meeting in lower Manhattan. Eighteen transit workers were also on hand, to receive commendations for their service during the Sunset Park shooting. “No one ever expects to see bloodstained platforms, or people on the ground with wounds,” Hochul told them. “But you reacted like professionals, and you made us all so very proud.” The transit workers then posed for photographs alongside the Governor and the newly appointed M.T.A. chairman, Janno Lieber.

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