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NYPD identifies a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shooting

New York City Police Department personnel gather at the entrance to a subway stop in Brooklyn. Yellow police tape criss-crosses the area.
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New York City Police Department personnel gather at the entrance to a subway stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Multiple people were shot and injured Tuesday at a subway station in New York City during a morning rush hour attack that left wounded commuters bleeding on a train platform.

Updated April 12, 2022 at 12:33 PM ET

Ten people were shot at a New York City subway station on Tuesday during morning rush hour, according to the New York Fire Department. In all 16 people were hurt and five victims are in critical but stable condition, officials said at an early afternoon news conference.

New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell told reports that the attack is not currently being investigated as an act of terrorism but said that officials have not ruled out any motive.

Authorities said they are still looking for the shooter.

The shooting took place at 36th Street Station in Brooklyn's Sunset Park around 8:30 a.m.

Police said they were seeking a man who wore a gas mask and an orange construction vest.

WNYC broadcast engineer Juliana Fonda said she was on the N train when she heard the shots.

"People were pounding and looking behind them, running, trying to get onto the train," Fonda said. "The door locked between cars and the people behind us, there were a lot of loud pops and there was smoke in the other car."

Earlier, published reports cited fire officials and law enforcement sources saying several undetonated devices were also found. But the NYPD said in a statement on Twitter: "In regard to the multiple people shot at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time."

New Yorkers have been warned to avoid the Sunset Park area. Following the shooting, power was shut off on various lines, and major delays were expected throughout the city.

Follow WNYC/The Gothamist's coverage.

This is a developing story. Some facts reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene, and we will update as the situation develops.

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