An unidentified man shot and killed a passenger on a subway train in New York in what police said appeared to be an unprovoked attack.
The incident occurred on a Q train traveling over the Manhattan Bridge around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, a time when the subway is usually packed with families, tourists and people heading to lunch.
Witnesses told police the assailant was pacing the last car of the train, “and without provocation, pulled out a gun and shot the victim at point-blank range,” New York Police Department Chief Kenneth Corey said.
The 48-year-old victim died at the hospital and was later identified by police as Daniel Enriquez of Brooklyn.
The gunman fled at the Canal Street station in Manhattan. Police were reviewing security video to try to identify him.
Corey told reporters that while the circumstances were being investigated, witnesses could not recall any interaction between the gunman and the victim in the lead up to the shooting. A single 9mm shell casing was recovered at the scene.
The shooting came at a time when New Yorkers’ faith in the safety of the underground system had weakened. Last month, a man opened fire on a Brooklyn train, firing random shots that injured 10 people.
The person accused of that attack, Frank James, had allegedly posted dozens of videos online discussing race, violence and his struggle with mental illness.
In January, a man with schizophrenia fatally pushed a woman in front of a moving train. He was considered mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Since taking office in January, Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams has made cracking down on violent crime the primary focus of his administration.
The former New York City police captain rode the subway to City Hall on his first day as mayor. He said he did not feel safe on the train after encountering a screaming passenger and several homeless people, adding that the city needed to address “actual crime” and “perception of crime.”
Most of the violence in the city in recent months has occurred in its neighborhoods. But attacks on the subway, a network trusted by millions, loom large in public perceptions of security.