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April 13, 2022

Man who rented U-Haul in Philly is wanted gunman in Brooklyn subway shooting

Frank James, 62, previously had been identified as a person of interest in the investigation

Update (12:15 p.m.): Frank James is the wanted gunman in connection with Tuesday morning's mass shooting on a New York City subway train, the New York City Police Department said Wednesday.

LATEST: Brooklyn shooting suspect Frank James taken into police custody, authorities say

Authorities said that James, 62, fired a number of gun shots that seriously injured 10 people inside a subway car at a Brooklyn subway station. Investigators linked the gun allegedly used in the attack to James and an Ohio pawn shop, according to NBC News. A search for James' whereabouts is ongoing.

A man with connections to Philadelphia has been named a suspect in the investigation of the mass shooting on a New York City subway train, Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday. 

Frank James, 62, who has addresses in Philadelphia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, rented a U-Haul truck that is connected to the shooting, police said. He previously had been considered a person of interest. 

Investigators found a credit card with James' name on it at the scene of Tuesday's shooting, which wounded at least 10 people, police said. They also found a key to the U-Haul James rented in Philly near the Brooklyn subway station where the train stopped.

A U-Haul van matching the description and Arizona license plate sought by police was found Tuesday afternoon parked near the scene of the attack.

The van has a Philadelphia address and the words "Allegheny West" written on one side, according to NBC10. U-Haul has a storage facility located at 2001 W. Hunting Park Ave. in the city's Allegheny West neighborhood.

Police said James had rented the vehicle sometime over the last several days, drove it from Philly to New York City and abandoned it close to the subway line where the shooting took place.

Investigators also were reviewing social media posts and YouTube videos that featured James making violent threats and going on tirades regarding race and Adams' policies.

A gunman wearing a gas mask and a construction vest set off a smoke grenade and fired at least 33 bullets in a subway car at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. 

At least 10 people were shot, police said. Nearly 30 people were hospitalized due to gunshots wounds or smoke inhalation. Five people were in critical condition, but no injuries were considered life-threatening. No fatalities have been reported.

A .9-millimeter handgun, extended magazines, a hatchet, detonated and undetonated smoke canisters, a black garbage can, a rolling cart and gasoline also were found at the scene of the shooting, police said.

A magazine jammed in the gun, which authorities say possibly saved lives and prevented the weapon from continuing to fire.

Investigators said that the gunman's motive was unknown and that the attack was not being probed as terrorism.

The search for the gunman remains ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact New York City police at 800-577-8477. A $50,000 reward has been posted for information that leads to an arrest.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw tweeted Tuesday that the department was assisting the NYPD and FBI investigators in their search for the shooter.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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