The search continues for a suspect who opened fire on a subway train, killing a man.
Police said the suspect fled the Canal Street subway station in Chinatown, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported.
It was a horrifying Sunday morning for those on board a Manhattan-bound Q train. Those sitting in the last car experienced the unexpected.
One man on board told CBS2 he had no idea what was going on.
“I don’t think that in that moment you really have time to process that,” said Matthew Chavan of Brooklyn.
Chavan was headed to Manhattan on the Q train when it pulled into the Canal Street station. He said he heard shouting, and saw people running to the exit.
“I decided people aren’t running for no reason. Let’s follow them and because something’s going on down the other way,” Chavan said.
He later found out a man was shot in a different train car.
“According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car and without provocation pulled out a gun and fired it at the victim at close range as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said.
Police responded to the Canal Street station at around 11:45 am to find 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez shot in the chest. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but didn’t make it.
Investigators said the suspect was already gone and they’re calling on witnesses for help.
“Help us find this guy. There’s other people riding the train. We have some of them, others who saw something. Maybe someone who took a photo or some video on their cellphone, share it with us,” Corey said.
The NYPD said it’s pushing more officers into the subway system. That was echoed by Mayor Eric Adams in an audio clip provided by his press secretary.
“We’re going to increase the uniform presence, and it’s also we’re going to have those officers that one may not know they are police officers to ensure that we can find those who are carrying out crimes such as this,” Adams said .
But news of another subway shooting,had commuters feeling uneasy.
“I feel unsafe. I kind of want to get in an Uber right now. That’s really messed up,” said River Anton of Long Island City.
“The violence just seems to be random. It’s very nerve wracking. It doesn’t seem like anyone is doing anything to stop it,” said Symone Wilson of Midtown.
“It seems like the police presence is focused on keeping people from hopping the rails rather than keeping people safe,” added Madison Dickson of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Charlton D’Souza is president of advocacy group Passengers United.
“I’ve been pleading with the MTA and elected officials, please, put cameras in the subway cars,” D’Souza said. “We need to make New Yorkers feel confident that they can ride the trains, they can get safely from point A to point B.”