Frank Robert James named as suspect in Brooklyn subway mass shooting



Update – 2:43 p.m.: The police announced that they were arrested FrankRobertJames62

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The person interested in a mass shooting on a New York City subway is now the suspect. Frank Robert James, 62, is the man who opened fire on an N-Train car during rush hour on Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD.

A gunman armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol detonated two smoke grenades on the second car of a Manhattanbound N train as it traveled from the 59th Street station to the 36th Street station, all in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, officials said in a statement press conference later on Tuesday.

He shot ten people and fled, police said. 13 people were injured by smoke inhalation, a fall or a panic attack, detective chief Jacob Essig called.

“We’re really lucky that this wasn’t significantly worse than it is,” said the NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell called.

At the time, the police only described the suspect as a dark-skinned man with a neon orange vest and gray sweatshirt. Police said they found items including the handgun, three extended magazines, two detonated smoke grenades, two undetonated smoke grenades, a hatchet, a bag of consumer-grade fireworks and — most importantly — U-Haul keys. Authorities traced this to a U-Haul van in Brooklyn, which they believe is linked to the suspect.

On Tuesday, they only named James as a person of interest and said he rented the vehicle in Philadelphia.

“We are trying to locate him to determine his connection to the subway shootings, if necessary,” Essig said.

Police have said James had addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin.

James allegedly posting rambling monologues on social media accounts — including YouTube and Facebook — on issues like race, crime, and government. He recently commented on the recent confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jacksonwho, as Justice, will become the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen Breyer is retiring this summer. The videos focus on the situation of black people in America. James claimed there was no place for black people in the United States.

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

In another video, in which he made anti-Semitic remarks, he implied that blacks would one day face genocide, much like Jews, whom he hypocritically said had “contempt” for blacks.

“You really care about your future.” said James. “When you look at a German Jew in Nazi Germany, whether you realize it or not, your future is right here in America.”

The New York City Police Department announced that they charged the mayor Eric Adams (D) security detail, citing a wealth of precautionary measures. James has complained about Adams on social media.

In his latest video, James first spoke about a man who begged the court for mercy after pleading guilty to murdering a woman and shooting her boyfriend in the head during a robbery (see here for more on Fall 2016). James, who is now accused of opening fire on a tube car full of people, expressed outrage at the man’s emotional apology.

“After murdering a child and nearly killing another. Now he’s sorry if he faces life without parole,” James said, sounding incredulous.

[Image via New York Police Department]

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