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Frank Robert James arrested for mass subway shooting

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FrankRobertJamesthe man accused of opening fire on a subway car full of people was arrested in Manhattan on Wednesday, the New York City Police Department confirmed.

New York police previously said he brought a 9mm handgun onto an N train in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning. As it went from 59th Street to 36th Street, he detonated two smoke grenades and opened fire, injuring 10 people but killing no one, officials said. They added that 13 other people were injured from smoke inhalation, falls or a panic attack.

Police originally named James as a person of interest. They said they discovered U-Haul keys in the subway car, which were in the gunman’s possession. Officials said they tracked it down to a U-Haul van in the district. Police said Tuesday James rented the vehicle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The NYPD named him a suspect on Wednesday.

Police arrested James at St. Marks and 1st Avenue. Sources told NBC that he was also involved in “some sort of stabbing.”

The NYPD soon confirmed the arrest on their social media.

Officials said in a news conference on Wednesday that they received a tip from Crime Stoppers that James was at McDonald’s. Police said they did not find him there, but checked the area and found him on the corner of St. Marks Place and 1st Avenue.

When a reporter asked the NYPD Chief of Detectives Jacob Essig As for what Frank James said during the arrest, Essig said the arrest was made just minutes before.

Video recovered from before the shooting shows Frank James entering the Kings Highway subway station in Brooklyn, police say. This was three blocks from where investigators found the U-Haul van, Essig said. James recovered the same black cart from the scene, he said.

James got off the N train after the shooting and took an R train one stop down to 25th Street, where he got off, police say. His last known whereabouts before his arrest was Park Slope.

James bought the 9mm Glock in Ohio in 2011, Essig said.

According to police, he not only has ties to New York City, but also to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey. Police arrested him in the city between 1992 and 1998 for crimes including possession of burglary tools, criminal sex, theft of services and criminal tampering.

The police did not name a motive.

In social media accounts attributed to James, who is black, he preached in rambling lectures on issues including race, crime and government.

“The most important thing about the history of black people in this country is that nothing is damned over here,” he said in a video posted Monday, the day before the shooting. YouTube had removed it. “No, n*****, you’re not free. You are not at home.”

Update – 3:22 p.m.: We have added more information from the police.

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