New Yorkers rode the subway again after Frank James, a gunman identified by police as Frank James opened fire in Brooklyn on Tuesday. James shot 10 people and injured 13 others.
People hopped on trains to get to their destinations, feeling a chill down their spines. However, they were conscious that the person accused of the mass shooting was still at large.
NYPD Counter-Terrorism Unit officers patrolled stations and checked trains cars. New York City Mayor Eric Adams increased the police presence within the subway system following the shooting.
Many passengers were uneasy and one even said a prayer while she boarded the train.
“I wasn’t looking forward to being on the subway knowing the person involved in the shooting isn’t caught yet,” she told Inside Edition before James’s arrest.
“I generally hate the subway. It’s a terrible experience.”
The fear is compounded when it becomes apparent that the surveillance systems at Sunset Park’s train station on Fourth Avenue and 36th Street aren’t working.
Many commuters were worried about the possibility of being trapped in the same situation as James, who allegedly opened fire on the doors between the train cars.
Tuesday’s shooting occurred amid concern over the safety of riding the subway.
Both small and large subway crimes have been on the rise. The subway system saw 461 felonies, eight murders, and this is the highest total since records began.
Michelle Go, 40, was killed by a train in Times Square in January. The suspect in this case was homeless and seemed to be suffering from mental illness. The man in the case was alleged to have said that he had pushed Go onto tracks when questioned. “Yeah, because I’m God. Yes I did.”
Although the subway system was once considered New York City’s lifeblood, it has experienced a dramatic drop in ridership. The New York Times reported that the once-dependable stream of white-collar commuters is now a trickle. Many commuters who continue to use the subway say they don’t have any other options.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, as well as New York Governor Kathy Hochul, rode trains in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting to reassure straphangers that it was safe to do so.
“Thank you to our MTA [Metropolitan Transit Authority] workers who always keep New Yorkers moving,”Hochul also added a caption to the photo that she shared via social media.